Theo Walcott reveals Arsenal players’ nickname for Nacho Monreal
Theo Walcott reveals what Arsenal's squad have been calling Nacho Monreal behind closed doors...
Theo Walcott has revealed that the Arsenal squad call Nacho Monreal “Crouchy” because of the Spaniard’s apparent resemblance to Peter Crouch.
Monreal has been a regular fixture in Arsene Wenger’s first team this season, making 19 Premier League appearances for the Gunners and notching up one assist.
Speaking in an interview with BT Sport ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Walcott revealed that he and his team-mates have named Monreal after the Stoke City striker – a nickname that is sure to stick now it has been made public.
Asked who is the biggest joker in the Arsenal dressing room now Lukas Podolski has left the club on loan, Walcott replied: “Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] has got some good stuff. Good banter. ]Wojciech] Szczesny is not bad as well.
“Nacho and Santi [Cazorla] as a duo are very good. We call Nacho ‘Crouchy’ because of the resemblance of him and Peter Crouch, sorry Crouchy.”
Walcott has been in good form for Arsenal since his recent return from his lengthy spell on the sidelines. He has scored three goals in his last four games for the north London side.
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