Nacho Monreal says his positive relationship with the Arsenal fans was a key factor in his decision to sign a new contract with the club.

The Spain international has been a huge success since arriving from Malaga in January 2013, playing a key role as the Gunners won back-to-back FA Cups.

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It was announced on Tuesday that Monreal will extend his stay in north London and the 29-year-old says it was an easy decision.

“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal,” he told Arsenal Player. “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 I could 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.

“I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract.”

Monreal has made big strides since signing for the club, something he puts down to learning the language and earning the trust of his Arsenal team-mates.

“I’m very happy with my performances this season,” he said. “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.”

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Rob Kelly 19 Jan 2016