By Joe Brewin

Ignasi Miquel says that team spirit is the key to Spain’s recent success on the world stage.

The Arsenal defender’s country have won the last two major tournaments, lifting the European Championship in 2008 before claiming World Cup glory in South Africa last summer.

Those triumphs ended a long wait for Spanish football fans and Miquel believes the harmony in the national side’s dressing room is a driving factor behind their winning streak.

"Four or five years ago Spain was a good team but never made a big impact," he told Arsenal Player.

"But I think the team is so compact now and there is a really friendly atmosphere in the changing room. I think that is the main thing.

"Obviously we have very good players, but the fact we are so friendly off the pitch makes us more together on it.”

Miquel is part of a new generation of Spanish talent and was a part of the Under-19 side that won this summer’s European Championships in Romania. The future looks bright for Spain but Miquel knows there is no guarantee that his country can be on top forever.

"There are a lot of good players coming up now, but you never know what is going to happen,” said the defender.

"It could be a long time or it could finish next week. It depends on the other teams and when they learn how to play against Spain."

The full interview with Ignasi is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses the strength of Spanish football, the compatriots he looks up to, why he left Spain for Arsenal and more.

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2 Sep 2011