Arsenal’s successful run-in throughout the season is down to a lack of activity in the transfer window, according to Nacho Monreal.
After 12 years of waiting, the Gunners are closing in on their most realistic Premier League title chase and the Gunners full-back believes that’s down to one reason.
With two key victories in their last two outings, Arsene Wenger’s side now head into FA Cup action with some much needed confidence before travelling to Manchester United in another crunch match.
But despite their rise to success following two FA Cup trophies in as many years, Arsene Wenger has signed just one outfield player in a year, as well as capturing Petr Cech last Summer.
However, whilst many Arsenal fans would look at that as a failing in the managers hands, in-form left-back Monreal has assured it has helped the team get closer together.
It is very important, the atmosphere in the dressing room. It is mandatory to have a really good relationship with your team-mates, we are like a unit.
You play like a unit and you spend a lot of time with them. I can see now there is only one group. We are together and in every moment the atmosphere is amazing – this is very important to get trophies.
Arsenal remain in contention for three of the biggest competitions this season, but face a number of tricky tests in order to pick up silverware for the third consecutive season.
They still have to contend with European giants Barcelona later this month, before travelling to three of the top five in the Premier League, a tough ask for Wenger’s men.
However, in a season that has once again had many ups and downs, this squad has shown time and time again that it can perform in the final third of the season.
If you want to win something it is necessary to have a good group. In the last few years we have played with the same players. Every summer, we have signed one, two or a maximum of three players.
The team is practically the same group so that is very important. Arsenal is not 11 players, we are 24 amazing players and when one is injured, the other player could play really well.
We have really good players and really good people. In my opinion, it is better than ever.
Arsenal’s next fixture looks to host Hull City in a replay of the 2014 FA Cup final, where Monreal is expected to be rested as Kieran Gibbs aims to maintain some form.
Due to being cup tied, both Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden are out of contention for this weekends action, which gets underway at lunchtime on Saturday afternoon.