‘I take ideas from watching full backs’

Nacho Monreal might not be in the latest Spain squad, but he will be keeping a close eye on all the action during the international break.

The Arsenal defender closely studies matches to see how his fellow full backs perform, and then applies what he has learnt to his own game.

“There are games you just watch for entertainment, you forget everything else and you just try to be a football fan,” Monreal told Arsenal Player.

“But there are many games with different coaches, tactics and styles of play. So you keep an eye on the movement of the players, on the tactics, and how the team regroups - you try to take it in and learn.

“Obviously being a full back I try to watch the other full backs, for how they defend, how they attack, their movement, so I can take ideas from them, and think about how I can improve and what I can correct in my game.”

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