In a transfer window that largely frustrated Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, at least the Gunners were able to land Malaga defender Nacho Monreal.
In Monreal's first game with Arsenal on Saturday, the Gunners came away with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
After the game, Wenger said he was impressed with Monreal's debut for the club, noting the Spaniard held up well in his first test against Premier League competition.
Stoke, mind you, is a very physical club. It would have been forgivable if Monreal struggled from the start. But the 26-year-old's overall play on defense showed that he was a good signing for the Gunners.
Arsenal hasn't been particularly poor on defense this season. The squad has allowed 29 goals, tied for fourth-fewest in the Premier League. But adding a solid player like Monreal only figures to help the club as it tries to get into the top four of the league and prove its detractors wrong.
Wenger was rather vocal about the inability of top Premier League clubs to complete transfers in January, per ESPN. It was a frustrating time for the manager, who has been under a lot of pressure to get the club into contention without a lot of room to do so.
Wenger and the Gunners are hoping the shutout of Stoke on Saturday is a sign of things to come. It's too early to say now, but the addition of Monreal only strengthens the club.
Arsenal may not have gotten everything it wanted during the January transfer window, but adding Monreal was undoubtedly helpful.
One thing's for sure: In the physical world of the Premier League, Monreal showed that he had the toughness to compete, and perhaps aid the Gunners in moving up the ladder.
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