Former Leicester City, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage has praised Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal, saying he has been impressed with the improvement that the Spaniard has made.

The 29-year-old was often seen as a bit-part player during his early days at Arsenal, but has firmly established himself as the club’s first-choice left back with some impressive performances and Savage was keen to recognise his improvement.

Speaking about the Spaniard’s talents, Savage admitted he has been left surprised by Monreal’s development.

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Most improved player of the year: Nacho Monreal, Arsenal lost Ashley Cole to Chelsea 10 years ago and you could argue they have never found a replacement as good as him. But Monreal’s improvement at left-back this season has been striking.

Monreal has been a mainstay in the Arsenal side this season, he’s played in all 20 Premier League games so far, with 19 of those appearances as a starter.

Arsenal sit top of the league table, two points ahead of Leicester City and have a huge chance to win their first league title since 2004.

Monreal’s performances are a huge reason for Arsenal’s success, with the Spaniard providing stability and solidity at the left back position.