By Giuseppe Muro

While Cesc Fabregas is recovering from a hamstring injury, another Spanish captain within the Club is continuing to establish himself - not only as a high-quality defender but also as a leader.

Ignasi Miquel has come a long way since moving from Spain when he was just 16 years old. As a sign of how highly regarded he is within the Club, this season he has been appointed skipper of Neil Banfield’s Reserves.

England now feels like home to Miquel and he admits he is growing in stature day by day.

“I remember when I came here I couldn’t talk and I was lost. But now I’m trying to talk and tell people what to do. I’m trying to help them when they are playing,” he told

“I’ve adapted now to [life in] England. It was quite hard but now I feel comfortable and I feel like it’s my home now. I’m happy to be here and now I just want to keep working hard and maybe one day get the chance to show that I am good enough to play for the Arsenal first team.”

Miquel, who turned 18 at the end of September, likens himself to a compatriot who was on top of the world during the summer.

“I play like Gerard Pique from Barcelona,” he said. “The same happened to him, when he was young he came here. We are both quite tall and we both like playing the ball out from the back.

“I like to play the ball and go in strong for challenges. I just want to win. I think I’m a winner, I always give 100 per cent for every game.”

The honour of being given the armband isn’t one that rests lightly with Miquel and he knows the responsibilities that come with the job.

“I’m so happy that Neil gave me the chance to have the armband and I’m not going to disappoint him. I’m going to keep working and show that I can [make it].

“I know that I have to work 100 per cent every day and give everything when I play. I just want to get into the first team. I’ve had the chance to train with the first team to show the boss I can be there and if he gives the me the chance I’m going to show what I can do.”

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11 Oct 2010