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Arsene Wenger gives his verdict on Nacho Monreal’s debut against Stoke

Nacho Monreal. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire Nacho Monreal. Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sunday, February 3, 2013
1:14 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was impressed by Nacho Monreal’s performance on what was a baptism of fire against Stoke yesterday.

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The 26-year-old arrived from Malaga on transfer deadline day and made his Gunners debut less than 48 hours later.

Monreal replaced the injured Kieran Gibbs at left-back and helped his new team-mates to a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

The Spain international put in a convincing performance at the Emirates Stadium and Wenger believes it bodes well for the future.

“We are a team who can create chances and score goals,” the Frenchman said. “Against Stoke it was not the case; we created chances but could not get the goals.

“But still I am happy that we didn’t concede and the defence looked solid.

“The satisfaction is that Nacho Monreal had a good start for a player who just arrived yesterday and is in the team.

“He did not have time to think about it, but he got stronger and stronger during the game.

“There is no better culture shock than Stoke when you come from Spain! They had a very physical game and I think he dealt well with it.”

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