Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel says Wednesday Carling Cup visit of Manchester City was the biggest challenge of his career to date.
Miquel made his fourth start of the season, his third in the League Cup, in defeat to City filling in at left-back.
Although The Gunners crashed to defeat in the quarter-finals, Miquel was able to take positives from his performance.
“I played left-back again and I'm not used to that,” Miquel said. “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.”
While Miquel's appearances have been sporadic, fellow academy graduates Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin's showings have been with more regularity, which gives Miquel belief that one day he can make the step up to the Arsenal first-team.
“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.”