Arsène Wenger was pleased with his side’s performance in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Stoke and reserved special praise for debutant Nacho Monreal.
The defender only arrived in England on Thursday, but produced a steady and accomplished display as Arsenal kept their first clean sheet in five matches.
Wenger was impressed by how quickly Monreal adjusted to the English game, and expects the left back to show his class in upcoming fixtures.
“I said before the game that if you want somebody to have a cultural shock, there’s no better team than Stoke,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“He got that. He dealt well with the situation. I believe tonight everybody is convinced that he has the quality to play for Arsenal. That of course is already a huge step after a first game.
“[It was] tough because Stoke were very well organised. They defended very deep, didn’t give us any space and we had to be patient, resilient and we needed to keep our pace in the game, which we did.
“You see something is happening in the team - they’re getting stronger and stronger mentally. I’m very pleased with the three points today.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Feb 2013