Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes moving to England has had a positive effect on his goal of gaining a regular spot in the Spain team. Asked if he thinks he has more chance of playing for Spain since his move to London, the 27 year old defender told Marca: "I think so yes. I was at Malaga for 18 months and I grew a lot as a player.

"The move to the Premier League is a jump in quality and a jump forward. I think being part of a team like Arsenal helps."

The ambition, of course, is to secure a place in Spain's squad for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

He added: "I'd like that. I'm aware that it's not going to be easy, also partly because I'm not getting as many minutes as I would like with Arsenal.

"I'm going to continue fighting and working hard because I really want to be at the World Cup."

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