Arsenal starlet can become 'next Pique' after Spanish switch

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Young Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel is on the way to becoming a Gunners star, two years after his move from Spain.

The 18-year-old centre back has been handed the Arsenal reserves armband this season after impressing at the end of last term, and the former Barcelona youngster is thriving with the added responsibility.

Miquel was scouted by the Catalan giants at the age of 9, but left for north London at the age of 15 to take up a scholarship with the Gunners.

“I remember when I came here I couldn’t talk and I was lost," Miquel told

“I’ve adapted now to [life in] England. It was quite hard but now I feel comfortable and I feel like it’s my home now."

A speedy progression from the youth to second string suggests that the Arsenal hierarchy have great faith in the player, and Miquel doesn't want to let the people who have done so much for him down.

“I’m so happy that Neil gave me the chance to have the armband and I’m not going to disappoint him. I’m going to keep working and show that I can [make it]."

Comfortable on the ball whilst being solid in the tackle, the Arsenal starlet has already compared himself to compatriot Gerard Pique.

“I play like Gerard Pique from Barcelona. The same happened to him, when he was young he came here. We are both quite tall and we both like playing the ball out from the back," Miquel continued to the club's official website.

A player not lacking in confidence, the versatile defender (who can also play left back) is already plotting his way into the Gunners first team, and hopes to get his chance at the Emirates this season.

"I’m happy to be here and now I just want to keep working hard and maybe one day get the chance to show that I am good enough to play for the Arsenal first team.”

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