Stats: Forget Alexis, Nacho Monreal was Arsenal’s outstanding player vs Stoke City

Nacho Monreal

Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal had a fine game during the 3-0 victory over Stoke City.

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal had an impressive game as the Gunners downed Stoke City 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The North Londoners went into the match looking to exact revenge on Mark Hughes’ side after the Potters impressively won the reverse fixture last month.

As per usual in recent months, Alexis Sanchez was among the goals for the hosts as he netted a brace to take his season tally to 12 goals plus a further seven assists.

The Chilean international will rightfully claim the plaudits for yet another astonishing attacking display, but his side’s victory was built on solid foundations at the back and Monreal shone in that aspect.

  Tackles WonEffective ClearancesInterceptions WonTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesPass CompletionMins Played
Nacho Monreal 2 1 5 66 43 1 91.5% 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Spanish international was excellent throughout and proved why he is so highly rated by boss Arsene Wenger.

Over the 90 minutes, he contributed defensively with two tackles, one effective clearance and an impressive five interceptions.

In the reverse fixture, the Midlands outfit had a lot of success down the wings and stunned the Gunners with three first half goals.

Monreal’s absence that day was telling, and his return to the line-up on Sunday didn’t allow Hughes’ men to gain any momentum, especially down their right flank.

In possession, the former Malaga ace was dependable as ever – illustrated by his 43 accurate passes with an overall success rate of 91.5%.

The victory sees Wenger’s side leapfrog their North London rivals Spurs into fifth spot in the Premier League table, one point behind United in fourth after they surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Southampton.

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