Nacho Monreal admits that not speaking English has complicated his adaptation to life at Arsenal but stressed that with the backing of Arsene Wenger and the help of compatriots Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla he’s enjoying the challenge posed by the Premier League.
The left-back has so far looked solid in his seven appearances for the Gunners, bagging his first goal for the club in the win at Swansea and providing much needed competition for Kieran Gibbs following the loan exit of Andre Santos.
Reflecting on his first couple of months in London, Monreal told Arsenal.com:
“Everything has been challenging in different amounts, because the league is completely different to La Liga.
“Coming here and not speaking the language, being unable to communicate with my teammates, is one of many difficult situations that is making me grow as a person and as a player.
“It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical.
“There’s also a different style of play, as I’ve said before there’s an emphasis on reaching your opponent’s goal as quickly as possible. I’ve been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here.”
Thanking Arsene Wenger for trusting him with a first team place from the off, Monreal continued:
“Since I’ve been here the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he’s been starting me. This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I’ve just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances.”
Following in the footsteps of Jose Antonio Reyes our Spanish defender also paid lip service to England’s horrifically drawn-out cold spell confessing that the weather has been arguably the biggest shock to the system.
“The worst change for me is the difference between a very hot town in the south of Spain and the freezing cold weather over here!”
“However, London is one of the best, perhaps even the best city in Europe. It’s very diverse. You can go out and there are cinemas, theatres… there’s a lot of choice. Thanks to the help of Santi and Mikel I’m adapting well to the way of life over here and I’m happy.”
As Steve Bould revealed yesterday, Monreal will be fit to face West Bromwich Albion having recovered from a knock to his knee sustained in a collision with the goal post during the Reading game.