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Monreal inspired by Cazorla

2 February 2013 15:15

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal says Santi Cazorla was crucial in his decision to move to Emirates Stadium.

The midfielder has become a key player in Arsene Wenger's squad since his arrival from Malaga in the off-season and it was his dazzling displays along with his praise of the club that sealed the deal for Monreal.

"Yes, I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things," he said.

"I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say. He said that Arsenal was a massive club, the people are great and it's really just a big family.

"He only had good things to say. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.

"Yes it does (help that Cazorla has been a success). It helps that I've been able to share a dressing room with him at Malaga, that everything's gone well and that the people here have been incredible in welcoming me.

"As there's a familiar face in Santi, I'm a lot calmer about things. Having shared a dressing room with someone who's already made this journey is a good feeling. Now it's my turn and I can't wait to follow in his footsteps."

Monreal also said he is looking forward to training alongside the other Spaniards in the Arsenal squad, including Mikel Arteta.

"To be honest, when I was given the option to come here I went for it because it's a massive club, I didn't even have to think about it," he said.

"Of course, there are Spanish players here and a lot of youngsters, which this club is known to attract. I'm delighted to be able to train and play with those guys and I hope my stay here will be the best it possibly can.

"I've watched loads of Arsenal games and there have been legends that have played for this club. I know everything I can from watching the television and from what Santi has told me in this relatively short period of time."

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