Relationship with fans key to Arsenal extension, says Nacho Monreal

The Spanish defender has been impressive again for the Gunners this season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal says his relationship with his teammates and the supporters was key to extending his contract with the club.

The Spanish defender signed a new three-year deal with the Gunners this week, which will see him extend his stay at the Emirates to 2019.

The new deal marks an impressive turnaround for the defender at the club, with him having initially struggled to impress when he joined in 2013.

He has since become a key player in the first team though, and Monreal says the trust he has earned from the Arsenal faithful was key to him extending his stay at the club.

“I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal,” he told

“I feel really good playing here. I have a good relationship with my teammates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years.”

“The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League.

Manager Arsene Wenger will now be hoping Monreal can focus on helping Arsenal maintain their fine defensive record this season.

He has been a key component in a defence that has conceded just 21 goals in 22 games, the third best record in the division.

That mean defence has been key to their rise to the top of the table, and the Gunners will be hoping they can maintain it in the second half of the campaign as they eye the title.

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