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Published: 18:36 | 19/1/16

Monreal commits to Gunners

Spaniard 'very happy' at Emirates

Nacho Monreal has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

The extent of the Spanish left-back's new deal has not been revealed but it is clear that he has signed a significant extension.

With the Gunners at the top of the Premier League, Monreal is delighted to have committed his immediate future to the London club.

"I'm really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal," said the 29-year-old. "I feel really good playing here.

"I have a good relationship with my team-mates, and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and ... extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.

"The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League."

Monreal, who joined Arsenal from Malaga in January 2013, has replaced Kieran Gibbs as Arsene Wenger's first-choice left-back.

"I met the boss three years ago," continued the Pamplona-born man, "and I have a really good relationship with him and I'm really happy with him. For these reasons, I extended my contract.

"At the beginning, it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn't speak English, but now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general, so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself."

Wenger had high and wide-ranging praise for Monreal, who has 16 senior Spain appearances to his name.

"He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back," said the Frenchman.

"He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level.

"Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He's 100 per cent committed and I think, as well, he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well.

"He's calm, focused and dedicated. He's well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that, and that's why I think it's important for the club to have that stability.

"Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player.

“Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back.

"We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that - he's a good example for the young players."

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