Arsenal star Nacho Monreal has vowed to seize his opportunity the minute left-back rival Kieran Gibbs’ form dips.
Spain international Monreal is having to put up with life on the subs’ bench thanks to Gibbs’ polished performances for the Gunners.
But Monreal says he is poised to force his way back into the team should weaknesses creep into Gibbs’ game.
He said: “I think that there is a very good rivalry there. I think we are two very good players, we give 100 per cent for the team in the training sessions and in the games.
“In truth it is a tough moment for me because the manager is choosing Kieran over me, but to be honest he is playing very well. All of the games that he’s played in he has done well, the team is on a good run, and I don’t see things changing in the short-term.
“There is nothing I can do but to keep training, do the best I can so that when I do get the nod from the manager, I can take advantage of my chance and show him that he can count on me.
“It is tough, every player wants to play, their maximum goal is to play the games, and right now I can only watch – I should say suffer – from the bench. But I will wait for my chance, keep on working, and show the manager that I am not giving up.
“The moment that Kieran steps off the gas, I will be there to take advantage of the opportunity, and carry on in that way.
“The higher the level and the more competition for places, the better it is,
“Logically, to have two quality players for every position, the player in the better form will get to play, and that means that you cannot relax. You cannot give up because if you do, you will not play, and that is very beneficial for the team obviously.”