The Gunners crushed newly-promoted Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road, with all three goals coming during an astonishing 11-minute period of domination during the second half.
Yet, Arsene Wenger’s side were worked for their victory and defenders Laurent Koscielny and Monreal in particular had to be at the very top of their game in order to deny the hosts.
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Spanish full-back Monreal made more interceptions than any other Premier League defender during his side’s encounter with the Hornets.
His contributions illustrate the pressure the Gunners faced in wide areas, while also showing the former Malaga man to be among the very best in his position at reading the game.
Monreal, however, was joined by one other Premier League star at the top of the interception charts.
Leicester's defensive midfielder Kante also made eight interceptions, a clear indication of the back-and-forth encounter which ensued between the Foxes and Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Kante has a big role to play this season, having been signed in the summer as the ideal replacement for crowd favourite Esteban Cambiasso, who left the East Midlands after just one season.
So far, the former Caen man has contributed greatly to Claudio Ranieri’s side and his efforts on Saturday were no different as the Foxes rescued a point after trailing Southampton 2-0.
The 24-year-old produced eight interceptions, two more than the next best midfielder Mousa Dembele.