Wenger explains why surprise name is Arsenal’s ‘silent leader’

Date published: Thursday 25th January 2018 9:23

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has crowned Nacho Monreal as the club’s “silent leader”.

Monreal played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal overcame Chelsea to come from behind, beat them 2-1 and reach the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday.

His header led to the equaliser – an Antonio Rudiger own goal – while his versatility allowed Wenger to switch from four to three at the back at half-time.

The Spaniard has been in imperious form of late, and his manager praised him after booking a date at Wembley on February 25.

“For me, he gets very much credit,” said Wenger. “But maybe, there’s a bit less focus on him because he is not a candidate for the English national team. He doesn’t make many statements. Or maybe he is not enough on social networks.

“He is a silent leader. The world of silent leaders is when people come, they perform, they don’t talk, they go home, and they come in the next morning, train well, and then the next day they do it again.

“They are the real leaders.”

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