Arsene Wenger says he’s pleased that Nacho Monreal came through his debut with distinction, especially when the opposition are taken into account.
Stoke’s tactic of lumping it long towards Peter Crouch, who thought he might trouble the Spaniard, really didn’t pay off and Monreal dealt well with the aerial threat.
“There is no better culture shock than Stoke when you come from Spain!” quipped Wenger. “They had a very physical game and I think he dealt well with it.
“Nacho had a good start for a player who just arrived yesterday and is in the team today. He did not have time to think about it, but he got stronger and stronger during the game.”
The boss was also keen to take the opositives from a hard fought win.
“We are a team who can create chances, and score goals. Today it was not the case – we created chances but could not get the goals. But still I am happy that for a long time now, we didn’t concecede and the defence looked solid.
“I said before the West Ham game and the Liverpool game that we are in a position where we can’t drop points.
“We dropped points against Liverpool but we couldn’t do it again today. What is more important is the quality of our performances is there, the spirit is there and the target to be in the top four is very important now because we have strengthened our belief and confidence.”