Nacho Monreal has spoken about the importance of a good atmosphere in the dressing room and says it’s down to the same squad being together for so long.
Arsenal are currently in the position where we haven’t had to sell any of our main squad players in a while, which means we’ve managed to keep the same group of players together. This isn’t just useful in terms of the players knowing each other’s individual styles but it also makes it more likely that they’ll actually make friends with each other and get to know each other on a personal level.
“It is very important the atmosphere in the dressing room,” the left-back said to Arsenal Player.
“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. 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.”
Having players who actually like each other and play for each other can be hugely influential come match day. It gives them another reason to perform because as much as we’d like them to play for the fans 100% of the time, it isn’t always that simple. Especially when the fans are getting on their backs every time they misplace a pass.
If we can maintain a fun, yet professional, passionate atmosphere behind the scenes, this should in theory reflect on the pitch. After a win against title rivals Leicester on Sunday, confidence should be sky high. Long may it continue.