Nacho Monreal says Arsene Wenger’s willingness to throw him straight into Premier League action has acted as a huge confidence boost.
The Spain international joined the Club at the end of the January transfer window, and made his debut less than 48 hours later against Stoke City.
The 27-year-old has impressed in his seven appearances for Arsenal - even scoring at Swansea City - and he believes he is adapting quickly to life in England.
“Since I’ve been here the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he’s been starting me,” Monreal told Arsenal Player. “This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I’ve just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances.
“Everything has been challenging in different amounts, because the league is completely different to La Liga. Coming here and not speaking the language, being unable to communicate with my teammates, is one of many difficult situations that is making me grow as a person and as a player.
“It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical. There’s also a different style of play, as I’ve said before there’s an emphasis on reaching your opponent’s goal as quickly as possible. I’ve been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here.”
Monreal is enjoying his new life in London, but says there is one crucial aspect that he misses about Spain - the sun!
“The worst change for me is the difference between a very hot town in the south of Spain and the freezing cold weather over here!” he said.
“However, London is one of the best, perhaps even the best city in Europe. It’s very diverse. You can go out and there are cinemas, theatres... there’s a lot of choice. Thanks to the help of Santi and Mikel I’m adapting well to the way of life over here and I’m happy.”
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