By Lloyd Webb

Arsène Wenger says Nacho Monreal’s dedication and experience makes him a perfect role model for his Arsenal team-mates.

The Spain international has signed a new deal with the club after impressing since his arrival from Malaga in January 2013.

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Wenger is delighted that Monreal has committed his future to the club, and says he sets a positive example the entire squad.

“He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” the manager told Arsenal Player. "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 and we have a good bunch of young players. We have seen another one with Alex Iwobi the other day, who has shown talent. They need to see how you behave at that level.”

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19 Jan 2016