Football - Monreal confident he will settle quickly

Spain full-back Nacho Monreal feels Arsenal's own brand of tiki-taka football will help him settle quickly into life at Emirates Stadium.

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The Gunners moved to push through a deadline day deal with Malaga, believed to be for £8.5million, after England defender Kieran Gibbs hobbled off in Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League 2-2 draw against Liverpool with a thigh problem.

Monreal, 26, could make his debut in Saturday's home clash against Stoke, and is relishing the chance to be part of the Gunners' traditional quick passing game.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Media, the Spain international said: "Arsenal like to keep the ball, which is beneficial for me and I like this part of the team's game.

"I love playing with the ball at my feet, short, sharp touches, and good movement.

"I think Arsenal do have certain elements of the Spanish football philosophy.

"The Spanish people know that there are players of great quality in this team and I hope we can play good football."

Monreal is confident he can handle the hustle-and-bustle of English top-flight football.

"The Premier League is one of the strongest there is and everyone knows about it," he said.

"It is a completely different way of playing to the Spanish League - it's a lot more physical, for example. As the days go by I will get used to things and I will give my all."

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