Monreal: Our new teammate has surprised me
Nacho Monreal has lauded the efforts displayed by his new teammate at Arsenal after their first training session together on Wednesday.
Lucas Perez is gradually becoming an Arsenal favourite even before he kicks the ball in an Arsenal shirt after signing for the Gunners when Arsene Wenger’s side was in dire need of a new striker.
At his new club, the Spaniard has been teamed up with a few of his countrymen in Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal.
And when asked about how Perez is adapting to life in his new surroundings, Monreal revealed the 27-year-old’s quality has caught him by surprise.
“I know him [Perez] very well because I follow La Liga quite a lot. I enjoyed watching him play last season. He had a fantastic campaign, scoring 17 league goals, despite not playing for one of the strongest teams.
“He can contribute with many things for Arsenal because he is different to the rest of the players in the squad. He is quick, left-footed and he finds spaces really easily. He is going to help us a lot.
“After having a few training sessions with him, I can say that I am very surprised with him. He is a very good player and he will fit into the group nicely.
Monreal has also added that the perceived problem of learning English is not one which fazes Perez.
“The language barrier is the first challenge a foreign player must face.
“Fortunately for Lucas, he speaks a decent English and understands everything. The language barrier won´t be an issue for him.”