By Joe Brewin

Ignasi Miquel admits that Tuesday’s Carling Cup clash with Manchester City was the biggest test of his fledgling career.

The young defender made his fourth appearance of the season in the 1-0 defeat, starting in an unfamiliar left-back role against Roberto Mancini’s side.

Miquel featured in each of Arsène Wenger’s three Carling Cup teams this season but the Quarter-Final was a whole new level.

“I played left-back again and I'm not used to that,” Miquel told “I have been injured for the last two weeks and so my fitness wasn't quite what it could have been either. It was quite a hard game.

“But if you get the chance to play for the first team you don't care where you play. I know this is a hard position for me to move from centre-back to left-back but if I get the chance I really don't mind.

“I think there were some good things and some bad things in my performance overall. It was alright I think but obviously I wasn’t happy with the result in the end.”

Miquel was one of a number of young hopefuls from the Club’s youth ranks included in the starting line-up to face City.

Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin lined up together at the heart of midfield and Miquel says he would like to emulate that pair and break into the first-team squad on a more regular basis.

“They've been around with me for maybe three or four years now,” he said. “I'm so happy to see them getting games now and obviously for my next step I will try to be like them and get in there myself.

“I'm really happy for them and that I can be here too. I think the main thing now is to work hard. You learn from your mistakes. I don't think I can do much more.

“If I work and try to see what I've done wrong then I can only improve. It's the only way to grow.”

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1 Dec 2011