Nacho Monreal has had nothing but kind words to say about his former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The Spanish full-back, who spent six years at the Gunners, is now at Real Sociedad who take on Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.
Monreal made 251 appearance for the north London outfit, winning three FA Cups during his time at the club.
The defender left the club in 2019, one year after Wenger announced his exit. And Monreal believes Arsenal are only just realising now what they had under the Frenchman.
“His work was wonderful,” Monreal told The Telegraph.
“He took over a historic team and he totally changed them. He chose to sign young players, particularly French, and was champion of England.
“Then he had to evolve and change because when the club moved from Highbury to the Emirates they had to pay for the new stadium by selling their best players.
“But even so, Wenger managed to always keep the team in the top four. Since Wenger left, no one has returned the team to the Champions League.”
Monreal also detailed how Wenger managed negative situations and controlled the dressing room.
“He is a great guy who I have a special affection for,” Monreal added.
“A great person who always defended the player in front of the press. He always wanted to avoid any bad vibes.
“He dealt with the dressing room very well, and he gave me the opportunity to live those years in England. He is a man who gave Arsenal a lot in 22 years.”