Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal ‘surprised’ by Mesut Ozil’s Real Madrid exit

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal says he feels honoured to play alongside Germany international Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Özil has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal Photo: Steindy/Wikimedia

Nacho Monreal has admitted he was surprised by Real Madrid’s decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal this summer.

The Germany international has scored two goals and made four assists in eight Premier League appearances following a club-record £42.5m move from Los Blancos on transfer deadline day.

Monreal, who joined the Gunners from Malaga in the January transfer window, feels honoured to play alongside the 24-year-old playmaker, who is among the contenders for Fifa’s Ballon d’Or.

“Personally, I think so. Mesut is a star and Real Madrid are full of stars. I didn’t expect Madrid to let him go,” Monreal told Marca.

“For us, it’s an honour to play with him.”

Monreal, who is back-up to Barcelona’s Jordi Alba in the Spain squad, admits he is desperate to go to the World Cup despite finding himself behind Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order at Arsenal.

“I would like [to go to the World Cup],” he added.

“I’m conscious that it’s not going to be easy, also in part because I’m not playing the minutes that I would like with Arsenal, [but] I’m going to keep fighting because I really want to be at the World Cup.”

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