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Monreal - We can’t focus on one player

Nacho Monreal

Nacho Monreal insists Arsenal must not get distracted by the return of Robin van Persie ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester United.

The former Arsenal striker returns to Emirates Stadium for the first time since his summer move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, and is the focus of much pre-match attention.

While Monreal acknowledges the Dutchman’s threat, he says the champions are full of dangerous players - not least on the flanks.

“Teams like Manchester United don’t just have gifted wingers, they have a squad with a lot of depth,” the Spanish international told Arsenal Player.

“Their players are of the highest level, you can’t just focus on one player because their team is full of players who can create and score.

“We must be on our guard and be aware of certain key players, like Robin, who has scored a sack of goals this year and is playing well. He is one of their main threats.”

Monreal has been eagerly anticipating this game ever since his arrival in England in January, and believes Arsenal have what it takes to claim the three points.

“I have been excited about it since I got here,” he said. “I asked Santi, 'which of our rivals do we still have to play - Chelsea, Man United?' and he told me that we had Manchester United towards the end of the season.

“They are one of the biggest teams in England and they’re having an exceptional season. It's one of those games every player wants to be involved in, but there are three points at stake and that is what we are aiming for.

“They may be a very strong opponent, but we are also a very good team and can win the match.”

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