Arsene Wenger paid tribute to the "silent leader" Nacho Monreal after the Spaniard returned to be good for Arsenal at a decisive moment.
Although it would be a goal by Antonio Rudiger, Monreal played a crucial role in Arsenal's draw in his first leg 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea, his header bounced first in Marcos Alonso and then in the German central to tie at Arsenal after Eden Hazard gave the advantage to visitors.
Monreal, who has goals in the FA Cup, beats Manchester United and City, then helped Arsenal's convincing rearguard after Granit Xhaka's win in the hour, his 90 minutes were even more impressive as his participation he had been in doubt after a hamstring injury. in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
The 31-year-old played a similar role in that victory that boosts morale, scoring the first game and providing two more in just 33 minutes of action, and has proven to be an indispensable member of the Wenger team despite the hiring in the summer of the left lateral Sead Kolasinac.
In fact, Arsenal's winning ratio is only 38 percent in 13 games without Monreal, compared to 57 percent with him in the team, enough for him to get the credit he deserves from Wenger, if not more observers casual
The manager of Arsenal said: "For me he has a lot of credit, but maybe there is a little less concentration on him because he is not a candidate for the English national team, he does not make many statements or it is not enough on social networks. 19659008]] "But our work is about performance and I like the word of silent leaders. The people who come, show up, do not talk, go home and arrive the next morning, train well and the next day they do it again.
"They are the true leaders in the teams."
Wenger was not the only observer impressed with the presentation of Monreal, with Arsenal top scorer Thierry Henry calling the defender.
"Nacho Monreal – he was everywhere," he said.
"To be able to give that feeling of momentum and that commitment to the team from the position of left-back, that was simply incredible."