Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal says he will be keeping a close eye on all the action during the international break, despite not being selected for the latest Spain squad.
The 30-year-old has not been selected for the national side despite his superb start to the seasons with Arsenal, having already made nine appearances in all competitions this season.
Monreal has revealed that he studies matches closely to see how his other full backs perform and then tries to apply it to his own game.
‘There are games you just watch for entertainment, you forget everything else and you just try to be a football fan,’ Monreal told the Arsenal website.
‘But there are many games with different coaches, tactics, and styles of play. So you keep an eye on the movement of the players, on the tactics, and how the team regroups – you try to take it in and learn.
‘Obviously being a full back I try to watch the other full backs, for how they defend, how they attack, their movement, so I can take ideas from them, and think about how I can improve and what I can correct in my game.’
When the Premier League returns, Arsenal will take on Swansea City on October 15.
The match at Emirates Stadium kicks off at 16:00.
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