Nacho Monreal has spoken to Arsenal about learning English and singing his initiation song.
The Spaniard is the man of the moment at Arsenal, having scored in the 2-0 win over Brighton after putting in a number of high quality performances.
In the interview, he was presented with a number of hypothetical scenarios. One scenario was if he could give interviews in a different language three months after moving countries.
“Oh… I don’t think I could do that,” he said.
“I’ve been in England for nearly five years now so I can speak English but I think after three months it would have been hard. I think you start to feel as though you can understand a new language after around six months, so maybe at that point.”
Another scenario was what he would sing during a karaoke night if he was the last one to have a go.
“Good question – I’m not too sure. For my initiation, I had to sing, so I picked La Bamba, a Spanish song. I’m not sure who the best singer is but when Petr Cech had his initiation, he came up with this rap, where he picked out all of us and used our names. It was something different and everyone really enjoyed it.”
It’s traditional for new signings and youth players to sing in front of their new team mates as part of their initiation into the first team squad.
Monreal joined Arsenal in January 2013 and has made 180 appearances for the club.
He’s played mostly as a left back, but has recently moved into the centre of the defence as a left-sided centre back in a back three.
He was always a consistent performer, but has recently been receiving plaudits for his good form during Arsenal’s run of clean sheets.