Nacho Monreal says that he’s currently in talks with Arsenal about extending his contract with the club, and has opened up about life under Unai Emery after the arrival of his compatriot this summer.
The Spanish international has a deal which expires this summer, like Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, and it seems discussions are underway to ensure he stays in red and white for a little while longer.
The 32 year old has been one of the team’s most consistent performers in recent years, and he told the Evening Standard, “At the moment we are talking with the club.
“I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal. I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.
“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.”
And having begun to work with the former Valencia and PSG boss, he says he’s enjoying the differences in training.
“In training, he likes that every single player gives his 100 per cent in any moment,” he said.
“Training is one hour and a half, one hour 40, whatever, all the time we must give our best performance. If we have to run, we have to do it, don’t save any energy.
“After that, he loves that we enjoy and have a good atmosphere in the group. While we are training, it is ‘come on guys, do everything’ and after you will have time to relax and enjoy with your team-mates.
“It is good for the team. With Unai Emery, we work more tactically. He is a Spanish coach and in Spain we work a lot on tactics, set-pieces – I think we are improving in this aspect.
“This is our idea for this year – have more possession, don’t lose stupid balls in the middle of the pitch and be more compact than how we were before.”