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Real Sociedad defender Monreal: I'd loved to have played for Arteta at Arsenal

Real Sociedad defender Nacho Monreal believes former club Arsenal have been in the wilderness over the past 18 months.

But Monreal believes Mikel Arteta would be a great coach to play under.

The Real Sociedad defender told the Guardian: “(Arsene) Wenger's departure was controversial. There was a big divide among the fans, we saw it every game.

“After 22 years, the first post-Wenger coach was always going to have a difficult role. Maybe Unai didn't get the time he needed but he did a good job.

“I would have loved to have played under Arteta. I spoke to Hector about that. I had him as a teammate and I would have loved to see him as a coach; there's that curiosity in me.

“But I chose another path and came to San Sebastián. I'm happy for me and him because things are going well."

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