Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal says that Santi Cazorla was crucial in his decision to move to the Emirates Stadium.
The midfielder has become a key player in Arsene Wenger’s squad since his arrival from Malaga in the summer and it was his dazzling displays along with his praise of the club that sealed the deal for Monreal.
“Yes, I spoke to Santi, we had a long conversation about things,” he told the club’s official website,
“I asked how things were here and he only had very positive things to say. He said that Arsenal was a massive club, the people are great and it’s really just a big family.
“He only had good things to say. I am sure we can be successful this season and I am really looking forward to the challenge.
“Yes it does [help that Cazorla has been a success]. It helps that I’ve been able to share a dressing room with him at Malaga, that everything’s gone well and that the people here have been incredible in welcoming me.
“As there’s a familiar face in Santi, I’m a lot calmer about things. Having shared a dressing room with someone who’s already made this journey is a good feeling. Now it’s my turn and I can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.”
Monreal also said he is looking forward to training alongside the other Spaniards in the Arsenal squad such as Mikel Arteta.
“To be honest, when I was given the option to come here I went for it because it’s a massive club, I didn’t even have to think about it,” he said.
“Of course, there are Spanish players here and a lot of youngsters, which this club is known to attract. I’m delighted to be able to train and play with those guys and I hope my stay here will be the best it possibly can.
“I’ve watched loads of Arsenal games and there have been legends that have played for this club. I know everything I can from watching the television and from what Santi has told me in this relatively short period of time.”