I Moved To Arsenal because of Cazorla – Nacho Monreal

Nacho Monreal1Arsenal new boy Nacho Monreal has revealed the persuasive words of Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla calmed his concerns before he sealed his transfer deadline day move from Malaga to north London.

Monreal, who could be thrust straight into Arsene Wenger’s creaking defence for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke, has admitted he is excited to be reunited with his former Malaga team-mate Cazorla at Arsenal, as he predicts the good times are about to roll for Wenger’s men.

“I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things,” Monreal told the Arsenal website. “I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say.

“He said that the club was a massive club, the people are great and it’s really just a big family.

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

“To be honest, when I was given the option to come here I went for it because it’s a massive club and I didn’t even have to think about it. 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. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

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