Nacho Monreal says that his time at Arsenal was ‘wonderful’, and that he spent seven enjoyable years in North London.
The left back was something of a surprise departure right at the end of the transfer window, even with the summer signing of Kieran Tierney.
It has been suggested that Unai Emery wanted to keep him, but the 33 year old was allowed to move back to Spain for a nominal fee to join Real Sociedad.
Speaking to local paper El Diario Vasco, Monreal was asked if his former coach was going to miss him.
“That would have to be asked of him,” he said.
“I imagine there’s something because I was playing and he had a lot of confidence in me.
“Playing in a big club like Arsenal has been a wonderful experience for seven years. I would never have said it was going to be that long.
“I have been able to meet many people.”
As for his thoughts on Emery, he continued, “He’s a great coach. He is a person who lives and loves football. He’s ill with football.
“He has character, ambition and is a perfectionist.”
Nacho is now living in San Sebastian – the lucky, lucky man – and he admitted location played a part in his decision.
“My wife is from Zaragoza and we have a little girl, so we are delighted to be closer to home,” he said.
“But the main reason for being here is the team. I am convinced by the team and the aspirations.
“It’s an ambitious club and that’s why I decided to take the step.”