By Nick Ames
Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel knows the benefits Steve Bould and Neil Banfield will bring to the first-team squad better than most.
The 19-year-old central defender passed through the Arsenal academy under Bould, going on to captain the reserves under Banfield while debuting for the first team.
With both coaches now operating alongside Arsène Wenger, Miquel is well aware of what they will add at senior level.
“Steve and Neil have really taught me what to do as a defender, how to think, what the options I have are,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.
“I think having them around is going to give a lot to the defenders and the first team as a whole. I’m really happy for them, and love working with them.
“I remember they’d shout at you a bit when you were younger, making sure you were focused and doing things properly. Now that they’re working with people who are a bit more experienced they probably won’t need to do that as much!”
Miquel made nine first-team appearances last season as his development continued at a steady pace. He aims to build on that progress in the 2012/13 campaign and ultimately become a fixture in the Gunners’ squad - although he has not ruled out a possible loan move should the opportunity present itself.
“Right now, I just aim to make sure I am fit and ready,” said Miquel. “Then I’ll have to wait. I haven’t really thought about anything else - first of all I want to see how all the players are, who comes and goes, and then we’ll see what happens.
“We start from the beginning now and I really want to do well this season - working hard until I’m an Arsenal first-team player.”
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