“Iggy has started the 20-yard walk between the Reserve and first-team changing room”.
That was the view of Neil Banfield after Ignasi Miquel began his pilgrimage with an assured senior debut at Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
The highly-regarded central defender had already linked up with Arsène Wenger’s squad for cup games against both Leeds and Ipswich in January after injuries depleted Arsenal’s defensive options. After getting a taste of “where he wants to be”, Ignasi was handed his first-team bow in February and didn’t disappoint.
He made an excellent impression with a commanding display and earned high praise from Wenger. “He did enough to show that he will play in the Premier League and the Champions League,” said the Arsenal manager.
The Reserves captain was to get another chance to showcase his talent, this time at Emirates Stadium, in the replay against Orient. Again, Ignasi was faultless.
After emerging as one of the brightest prospects at the Club, the 2011/12 season promises to be another exciting one for this talented Spaniard.
“I have to keep working and continue improving. Obviously [that’s what you’re working for], everyone here wants to be [in the first team]. Once you are there you can see how it works, I want to get there one day. It makes me want to keep working.”
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With an assured performance alongside Sebastien Squillaci on his debut against Leyton Orient, Miquel made an excellent first impression on the Arsenal fans.
Ignasi Miquel in action against Leyton Orient