Nacho Monreal Speaks Out on Life Under Emery


Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal is enjoying the time of his life under new boss Unai Emery after starting three of their four matches and the 32-year-old has shed light on his life presently.

“At the moment we are talking with the club. I’ve always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal. I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.

Nacho whose contract expires very soon is being offered a new contract and talks are currently in progress.

While Real Sociedad is currently monitoring his situation as he will be available for free by January but the Spaniard who joined the Gunners in 2013 said he is happy at the Emirates.

“We are in contact in any moment so don’t worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing.” He said

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He also said he would love to emulate Ryan Giggs by playing well into his 40s.

“That is my idea, that is what I want! We will see what happens but at the moment I am 32 and I will turn 33 but I feel good.

“My idea is to play in football until my body says ‘Nacho, so sorry but that’s the end’. But I think it is far [away]. I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can’t continue giving 100 per cent.

“But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement.”

Arsenal endured a poor start this season losing two but are slowly getting back on track and Monreal says it is because of coach Emery’s training.

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“In training, he likes that every single player gives his 100 per cent in any moment,” said Monreal.

“Training is one hour and a half, [maybe] one hour 40, whatever, [and] all the time we must give our best performance. If we have to run, we have to do it, don’t save any energy.

“After that, he loves that we enjoy and have a good atmosphere in the group. While we are training, it is ‘come on guys, do everything’ and after you will have time to relax and enjoy with your team-mates. It is good for the team.

“That [the pitchside gym] is what they did on the first day. I wasn’t here but I saw it. At the moment, we haven’t used it too much so that’s a good point for us!

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About former manager Arsene Wenger and new boss Emery’s tactics, Monreal said:

“But both managers like to have the ball, have long possessions and protect the ball during the games. Probably with Unai Emery, we work more tactically. He is a Spanish coach and in Spain we work a lot on tactics, set-pieces – I think we are improving in this aspect.

“This is our idea for this year – have more possession, don’t lose stupid balls in the middle of the pitch and be more compact than how we were before.”

Arsenal faces Newcastle nest and Monreal will be hoping to play again this weekend.