Arsenal star: This is how I improve my game

The Arsenal defender reveals that he draws inspiration from his rival left-backs

Nacho Monreal has revealed that he likes to watch other left-backs during the international break to see how the Arsenal defender can improve his game.

The Arsenal star has established himself as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice left-back over the past couple of seasons after managing to push England international Kieran Gibbs down the pecking order.

The Spain international moved to Arsenal in a reported £8.3m deal from La Liga side Malaga in January 2013 as Arsene Wenger bolstered his defensive options at full-back.

Monreal’s career so far has seen the full-back represent La Liga duo Osasuna and Malaga as well as Premier League giants Arsenal.

And the 30-year-old revealed that he used to draw inspiration from watching top defenders in action as Monreal looked to learn the skills required to be a successful left-back.

“There are games you just watch for entertainment, you forget everything else and you just try to be a football fan,” Monreal told Arsenal’s website.

“But there are many games with different coaches, tactics and styles of play. So you keep an eye on the movement of the players, on the tactics, and how the team regroups – you try to take it in and learn.

“Obviously being a full back I try to watch the other full backs, for how they defend, how they attack, their movement, so I can take ideas from them, and think about how I can improve and what I can correct in my game.”

Monreal has scored two goals in 137 appearances in all competitions for the north London side since his move to the Emirates Stadium from Malaga in January 2013.

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Arsenal are in third place in the Premier League table after five successive top-flight victories.

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