So Monreal thinks that the Chilean is the best coach he’s ever worked under? He’d better hope that Arsene Wenger has heard about or read his comments because he may not like being undermined by someone who has only just joined the club.
Monreal has had a decent first spell at the Gunners with 14 appearances, which includes his first goal for the club and three assists.
He may not see Kieran Gibbs as a threat, so he may feel he has more freedom over what he says and does while he’s at the club.
“He's the best coach I've worked under, the one who taught me the most. He knows everything there is to know. It's a shame that the project is falling apart. I hope [Malaga owner] Sheikh [Abdullah] Al-Thani reconsiders, because the people there deserve better,” he told Marca.
He also included some comments about Wenger to try and cover his tracks. Monreal faces a battle for the left-back spot with Kieran Gibbs next season.
The only club that Monreal’s comments seem to benefit is Manchester City, where Pellegrini is being tipped to become the next manager.
If he can transform City, doing the sort of work which Monreal has praised him so highly for then the club does have a great chance of success next season against Manchester United and Chelsea who will also have new managers.
Maybe it’s a little harsh to criticise him for talking about another coach with higher esteem than Wenger because he’s only been at the North London club for half a season.
Had he experienced a full campaign under the Wenger regime then his opinion of the best coach he’s ever played under could be drastically different.
The suggestion isn’t that Monreal will be dropped from the Arsenal first team altogether, because they are a much better back four with him in it.
Gibbs is also arguably much quicker and fitter than Monreal so he’d be well advised to keep his head down and stay quiet over the rest of the summer if he wants to hit the new campaign as the first choice left back.
What it does tell us, is that Manchester City fans should be excited about the new arrival of their next boss, and put their grievances towards Mancini's exit to one side.
What do you make of Monreal’s comments? Does he have the edge over Gibbs?
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