Garth Crooks explains why he was impressed by Nacho Monreal

Former top flight striker Garth Crooks was impressed by the performance of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal over the weekend.

Former Tottenham player Garth Crooks told the BBC why he was impressed by Nacho Monreal’s performance for Arsenal against Crystal Palace.

The Spaniard went into an intimidating atmosphere at Selhurst Park, with the Gunners looking to react well after losing their first game at the hands of West Ham.

Crooks suggested the Spaniard didn’t really put a foot wrong, even when Alan Pardew urged his Crystal Palace side to switch things up tactically.

“Playing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park is never easy these days, especially when your hosts have two speed merchants like Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie playing for them. Arsenal's full-back Monreal handled both players brilliantly,” Crooks told the BBC.

“Even when they occasionally switched wings (as they do from time to time) the Spaniard never looked fazed and in the end both players left the field totally disheartened by the looks of things as the Gunners secured their first win.”

Things bode well for Arsenal

There were plenty of talking points for Arsenal to take from the game yesterday but they got the job done and the defence looked tighter than during the match against the Hammers.

Monreal currently holds the left-back slot and one of the most difficult things for any full-back is being able to adjust during games to be able to deal with different attacking players.

Palace may have singled him out as a possible weakness in their back four, but he was able to defend effectively and funnel the play back into the centre of the pitch, where Arsenal have plenty of talented players centrally.

Hopefully he can now back up his positive performance.

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