Nacho Monreal is happy to be selected as one of Arsenal’s captains for the upcoming season and wants to use his experience to help the club’s next generation.
After six-and-a-half years at the Emirates, the Spaniard has been asked to step up to a deputy position this summer following the departures of Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech and led the players out against Fiorentina earlier in the week.
With Laurent Koscielny likely to depart, the left-back is set to support Granit Xhaka, currently the front-runner for the armband, with Mesut Ozil. Unai Emery has hinted that two more players could also get the nod.
“To be one of the captains makes me happy and makes me feel like I have more responsibility,” Monreal told press ahead of tonight’s friendly with Real Madrid.
“I have been playing for Arsenal for almost seven years and I think step by step I am feeling more important inside the group, and I am trying to help the younger players because a long time ago I was one of them!
“Now it is my moment to teach them and to give some advice to them. I want to feel important and to feel involved in the group.”
Nacho was also asked about his tactical preferences. After a year of Emery switching between a three and four-man backlines he maintains that he doesn’t care too much, so long as the boss is pleased with his performances.
“The most important thing is if he [Emery] feels happy when we play!” he said.
“We have different options in the team. We have played a few games with a back four, we played good games with a back three. It all depends on what team we play against because every game is completely different.
“Sometimes we need to play with a back four and be more defensive because the other team they have the possession so we need to defend better. In other games we are going to have the possession so it’s better playing with three defenders and to have more offensive players.
“It depends on the game, it depends on how we play and we need to be happy and believe in what we are doing and give our best.”
We think Nacho is a great choice to be one of the captains. It does also suggest that his future at the club is secure for at least another year whether we recruit another left-back or not this summer.