By Giuseppe Muro

In a week that has seen Arsenal appoint a new Club captain, Ignasi Miquel admits being skipper of the Reserves has helped him improve as a player over the past 12 months.

The Spanish central defender was handed the armband at the beginning of last term and went on to enjoy a breakthrough season that ended with international success at the European Under-19 Championships.

Embarking on his fourth year at Emirates Stadium since moving from Spain, Miquel believes his time as captain has been hugely beneficial.

“For me, it has been great,” he told “It is another aspect that I had to improve and I think it is something I have improved.

“You have to tell people to be in the right place at the right time, make sure players' heads don't drop and that has helped me a lot.

"Everyday you learn new things and your development comes day-by-day. This is my fourth year at Arsenal and I’m improving all the time."

The 19-year-old captained Neil Banfield’s side to victory against Manchester United on Monday and will continue to lead the second string in 2011/12.

Miquel has yet to sit down with Arsène Wenger and discuss his plans for the season ahead but wants to work hard for further opportunities.

“Obviously, I would like to play for the first-team but I know it is hard and I know I will have to work for it," he said. "Right now, I am going to fight for anything.

"I think I just need to keep working and getting stronger because English football is all about being strong. So I think I need to keep working on my football and getting a bit bigger.

"I have only been [back in England] for a week so let’s see how things are. I have to wait for a bit and then see what is happening with me.

"Hopefully I will stay and I hope I get more chances. But I’m not sure what is happening so, right now, I just have to work 100 per cent."

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17 Aug 2011