With Johan Djourou leaving on loan to Hamburg, and Sebastien Squillaci moving to SC Bastia on a free transfer, Arsenal have been linked with many centre-backs, most strongly being Ashley Williams.
But do they need to?
Having made 14 appearances for the first-team so far, Miquel has shown good technical ability while also displaying his versatility when called upon to play at left-back during Arsenal's full-back crisis in 2011/12.
Having been included on the club's pre-season tour of Asia this year, Wenger has once again shown faith in the versatile defender, also changing his shirt number from 54 to 20, a number recently worn by Johan Djourou. The upcoming Emirates Cup will be a much harder test than the tour matches, and will put him against some of Europe's finest attacking players, such as Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Marek Hamsik and Burak Yilmaz.
Having spent time at La Masia academy, the youngster has shown good composure and desire when called upon, so could the 2013/14 season be his chance to make a real breakthrough into the first-team?
While at Cornellà, Miquel was highly sought after, and he rejected offers from Valencia, Manchester United and even a return to FC Barcelona to move to the Emirates, following somewhat in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, and later followed by two other highly-rated youngsters - Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin.
It's also possible that he would go out on loan to gain more match experience, especially if Arsenal do indeed purchase another centre-back to cover the current trio of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.
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