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The Gunners full-back has singled out his Spanish team-mate after his first goal helped the team close the gap on rivals Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has praised fellow full-back Nacho Monreal following the January signing’s first goal for the club.

Monreal, a €9.7 million arrival from Malaga, broke the deadlock against Swansea with 16 minutes remaining before Gervinho confirmed the 2-0 win in injury time to put further pressure on fellow fourth-spot rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.

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And Jenkinson is delighted at how the Spaniard has settled in England and stressed the importance of the victory over a team who beat them at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season.

"I’m a big fan [of Monreal],” Jenkinson told the club’s official website. "It was really important he got our first goal. We needed that. Then it was about keeping it tight at the back and Gerv [Gervinho] went and got the second one. It turned out fantastically in the end.

"It’s a huge win. We were buzzing in the changing room because this is a hard place to come to and get a win. I’m delighted and so are the boys, and so we should be. We’ve come here and won 2-0.

"It’s not easy at Swansea. They’re a good team. They’re good on the ball. They can pass it and we’re over the moon with the win. It was thoroughly deserved.

"I think in patches we played really good football, especially towards the end. It was the sort of game where you have to dig in deep and show a lot of fight. We did that so I’m delighted."

The win takes Arsenal to within four points of Tottenham, with a game in hand, after their local rival's home loss to Fulham on Sunday.

The Gunners have quickly reduced a seven-point gap following defeat in the north London derby, but Jenkinson believes they have to focus on themselves rather than others.

"We just need to concentrate on ourselves," he added. "Other teams are going to drop points. We want to win every game and we’re capable of doing that.

"Our form hasn't been bad. It can be better of course. From now it’s just about now until the end of the season. That’s going to be what makes or breaks us so it’s almost like a little season in itself.

"In my eyes, we’ve started it really well [at Swansea] and we just need to get on a good run and keep it going. If we do that, we’ll end up where we need to be."

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