'Alexis will always give his maximum'

Plenty of speculation has surrounded Alexis this summer - but Nacho Monreal is in no doubt that his teammate will be as tenacious as ever when he returns to Premier League action.

The Spain international has played alongside the Chilean since his arrival from Barcelona in 2014 and Monreal is convinced Alexis will continue to give his all.

“It’s good news for Arsenal in general, for the fans, for the players, for the club in general that Alexis is staying here,” Monreal said. “He’s the most important player for us. 

“All we can offer to the fans is that in the next game, from the first minute, we start with intensity, make a good game, get the three points and everything will come back as before.

“Alexis is very competitive. He doesn’t want to lose any sport. He’s always trying to win, he always gives his maximum, 100 per cent effort in every single training session. 

“He’s going to be very important for us for the rest of the season.”

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