Wenger claims there is more to come from Arsenal’s latest addition, Nacho Monreal.
After the Spanish International managed his first assist against Aston Villa on Saturday setting up Cazorla’s winner, Arsene insists he will become an attacking force on a more regular basis once he has fully settled.
“The first thing you want from your defenders is to defend well, so we cannot reproach him for that. You will see the other aspects of his game more when his confidence has settled.
“Monreal is good in the air for a guy of his size, has a quick leap and has looked good. He is very strong in other areas too, his crosses for example, and his forward play you will see a bit later.
“It happened with Kieran Gibbs too, the more confident he became the more efficient he was going forward. It can take a bit of time to express that side.
“There is no better culture shock than to play against Stoke and Sunderland.
“He has not said a word to me about it, but he has spoken with the other players and he has seen all about the passion and commitment of the English game. You can say Nacho Monreal passed that test.”
Wenger also bemoaned the time spent on contract extensions and deals, but still believes that what was achieved was “satisfactory”, giving the impression he didn’t achieve everything he had intended or wanted to in the way of transfers.
“We had a difficult first six months of the season, because we were trying to extend the contracts of all the British players. That demanded a lot of work and then we had to deal with the (Theo) Walcott situation as well during January,” Wenger said.
“So personally I am relieved because we dealt with the situation and we extended all of our players (contracts), kept Walcott and bought Monreal, of course you can always do better but overall I feel the club has dealt with the situation we faced in a satisfactory way.”