Miquel finally receives the loan chance he desperately required

Picture: Leicester City

Picture: Leicester City

Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel will spend the entire 2013/14 campaign at Championship side Leicester City as he attempts to prove that he is capable of making a long-term breakthrough at Emirates Stadium.

Rather strangely, this is the 20 year old’s first temporary transfer since joining the club, with the former Barcelona youngster having garnered considerable experience of second-string football following his arrival from Cornella in 2008.

Miquel has 14 senior appearances to his name, five of which came in the Premier League over the past two seasons, but, despite the departure of Sebastien Squillaci over the summer, concerns still exist that the Spaniard lacks the physicality to play in the Premier League on a regular basis, whilst, despite demonstrating an improved reading of the game in recent months, he still remains somewhat error-prone.

It is hoped that his spell at the King Power Stadium will provide him with regular game time, after which a decision is likely to be made about his Arsenal future, with his contract due to expire next June.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said of the signing: “Ignasi is a centre-back with lots of potential and he will give us another option in defence. He’s very enthusiastic and delighted to be here, which is a big part of taking players on loan for us. We’ll see how he is with regard to availability and whether he will be part of the squad for Sunday’s game against Leeds.”

Miquel may well be joined at Leicester shortly by another Arsenal Academy graduate in Nico Yennaris, with the midfielder also desperate to prove his worth having struggled to break into the first-team picture last season. Yennaris’ previous loan spell, at Notts County in 2012, was cut considerably short due to illness, but, like Miquel, he has now entered the final year of his contract and is in desperate need of regular football.

Miquel’s temporary departure takes the current number of Arsenal loanees to five, with Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos), Francis Coquelin (Freiburg) and Chuks Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) completing the quintet.




  1. I’ve just heard that kos and cazorla are suspended for 1st leg in turkey. So out currently are kos santi diaby tv5 monreal frimpong and ryo. Seeing as we have a friendly.a league match and internationals before them we could be in real trouble!!

      1. Probably because you’re spreading misinformation. Suspensions in European competition don’t carry from one season into the next, Koscielny and Cazorla will be available.

  2. Unbelievable. Our first team squad looks paper thin now. We have only five fit defenders (TV and Nacho injured, Djourou and Miquel on loan). Our midfield and the strikers are also depleted. Without new players i just don’t understand how could we let the Coq and Miquel leave on loan. It looks very depressing already and I can’ imagine what happens if we get some more injuries…

  3. I am not sure if this is any indication or not, but getty images are showing the first team individual photocall pictures. Of the youngsters only Martinez (no.50) is displayed with the other current first teamers. no pictures of bendtner, chamakh, park or gnabry, akpom, zelalem.

    Giving wenger a 23 man squad (the same number of players that started league matches last season)

    1. It doesn’t really matter who is in the picture or not though. Its just a photocall. Zelalem,akpom and gnabry will still be at the club and can still play in all competitions for us. New signings will come and they won’t be in the picture either.

      1. I’m not saying they are leaving just saying that it could be a clue to who is in the first team squad. Perez on the bench v man city along with hayden and zelalem

      2. Also it was individual photos not the team. Just last season getty only showed the first team as individuals and seeing as akpom gnabry etc are not in it.

      3. We can be pretty sure that Zelalem and Akpom will have a extremely hard time to play for our first team in any competition except the mickey mouse cup. Gnabry is very very good and I think he will force his way in soon. Akpom is the second I would put my money on.

        Bendtner has been a real dick the last 2 years. I would rather play Gnabry and akpom upfront than him.

        Perez looked quite bad in my opinion. Looked lost all the time. Rather play Hayden in the midfield than him. Of course it was only his first chance vs a good team but i didn’t see the amazing talent from him. Zelalem also looked lost.

        Just sign a proven player…

      4. wow we saw it so different, i saw it more like this report i have just found

        “He came on as a sub for Arsenal’s last summer friendly against Manchester City wearing the number 32 jersey. Did very well in the Arteta role.Showing awareness and tendency to read situations quickly [his first touch was a stylish drag-back to make space in a congested mid-field] Did well against a star-studded Manchester City mid-field”

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