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Nacho Monreal says he ‘doesn’t regret’ making decision to leave Arsenal

Former Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has opened up about his decision to leave the London club during last summer’s transfer window.

On the final week of the Spanish transfer window, the 34-year-old joined Spanish side Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee. Meanwhile, the Gunners had signed left-back Kieran Tierney to bolster their defensive options.

Speaking to the daily Spanish newspaper, El Pais, Monreal revealed he didn’t regret the decision he made.

“The truth is yes. It was a difficult decision because I loved the competition, I was in a good moment and I had the confidence of the coach and the club,” Monreal said.

“I still had opportunities to play, but after so many months things are going well at Real [Sociedad]. There is a good team and I do not regret having made the decision.”

Since his arrival, the 34-year-old has looked impressive and also been a regular at his new club, making 22 appearances in the La Liga thus far.

During the interview, Monreal also described the differences between Spanish and English football.

“One of the different things is competitiveness. English football is much more aggressive, with more contact. The referees allow more bodywork , so many fouls do not whistle at you. Soccer culture is different in each country,” he said.

The Spaniard will likely return to action on Wednesday when Real Sociedad faces Celta Vigo.

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