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Monreal happy with life at Arsenal

9 May 2013 20:03

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal had no hesitation joining the club in January and has thoroughly enjoyed his first three months in England.

The Spaniard arrived at the Emirates on transfer deadline day after impressing for Malaga in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, and has since made the left-back spot his own.

Arsene Wenger was monitoring the 27-year-old for months and the defender admitted he was keen on a move to England as soon as he heard about a potential deal.

"I was training with Malaga on January 31," he told the club's official website. "I knew something might

happen but I did not think it was anything serious, but

everything happened so quickly.

"The (Malaga) manager (Manuel Pellegrini) phoned me on the same day and told me Arsenal wanted to

sign me and asked if I was interested in playing for them.

"I told them I

was very interested, but everything was so fast I didn't really have

time to think.

"One moment I was training with Malaga and the next I was flying to

London."

Since his arrival, Monreal has made 10 appearances for the club, helping them fight for a UEFA Champions League space next season.

He is very happy in his new surroundings after being helped to settle into England by everyone at the club, but insisted he would always look back on his time at Malaga fondly.

"The club (Arsenal) has treated me so well and helped me with lots of bits

and pieces," he added. "I’m grateful to be here, and I’m giving everything I can for

the club.

"But I will never forget that year (at Malaga), it was great.

"We were always near the

top of the table and it culminated in us qualifying for the Champions

League in the final game."

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