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Apr 5, 2013

Monreal: It has been tough adapting

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal admits he has found it tough adapting to the type of football played in England following his move from Malaga in January.

Monreal has made a positive impression in his first few months at Arsenal despite his difficulties settling into a new country and the Premier League and he has thanked Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for giving him the confidence to find his feet in England.

"Everything has been challenging in different amounts," Monreal told the Arsenal website. "I've been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here.

"The league is completely different to La Liga. Coming here and not speaking the language, being unable to communicate with my team-mates, is one of many difficult situations that is making me grow as a person and as a player.

"It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical. There's also a different style of play, as I've said before there's an emphasis on reaching your opponent's goal as quickly as possible.

"Since I've been here, the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he's been starting me. This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I've just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances."

Monreal has conceded the seemingly never-ending frozen English winter has been something of an annoyance for him in his first two months at Arsenal, but he appears to be relishing his new life in London alongside his Spanish colleagues in the Gunners' dressing room.

"The worst change for me is the difference between a very hot town in the south of Spain and the freezing cold weather over here," he added.

"However, London is one of the best, perhaps even the best city in Europe. It's very diverse. You can go out and there are cinemas, theatres. There's a lot of choice. Thanks to the help of Santi (Cazorla) and Mikel (Arteta) I'm adapting well to the way of life over here and I'm happy."

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