By Lloyd Webb

Nacho Monreal says the key to Arsenal’s recent success is the close bond within the squad.

Since the Spain international signed in January 2013, the Gunners have claimed back-to-back FA Cups and are two points off the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal is not 11 players, we are 24 amazing players and when one is injured, the other player could play really well

Nacho Monreal

Arsène Wenger has added Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny to his squad this season, and Monreal says keeping the same core of players has been vital.

“It is very important the atmosphere in the dressing room,” he told Arsenal Player. “It is mandatory to have a really good relationship with your team-mates, we are like a unit. You play like a unit and you spend a lot of time with them.

“I can see now there is only one group. We are together and in every moment the atmosphere is amazing - this is very important to get trophies. If you want to win something it is necessary to have a good group.

"In the last few years we have played with the same players. Every summer, we have signed one, two or a maximum of three players. The team is practically the same group so that is very important.

"Arsenal is not 11 players, we are 24 amazing players and when one is injured, the other player could play really well. We have really good players and really good people. In my opinion, it is better than ever.”

Nacho Monreal
Nacho Monreal

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17 Feb 2016