Saturday, 26 February 2011

Wenger, Fabregas and Rosicky praise Arsenal's latest academy star

Arsene Wenger, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky have praised the performance of Arsenal's latest academy star Ignasi Miquel after his first team debut last weekend.

Miquel made his professional debut for the Gunners in their 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient last weekend.

The 18-year-old is Arsenal's reserve team captain and has made 12 appearances for Arsenal's second string.

Overall, he had an assured game alongside Sebastien Squillaci in the heart of the Arsenal defence in their FA fifth round tie.

After the game, manager Arsene Wenger, skipper Cesc Fabregas and goal-scorer Tomas Rosicky spoke to the Arsenal matchday programme about Miquel's debut.

Wenger said:
"Miquel had a very good debut. He is not ready for the Premier League or Champions League yet but he did enough to show that he will play in those competitions and that's the most important thing.
"There are aspects of his game that he needs to work on, but overall he has shown that he has the potential to play in there."
Fabregas said:
"My fellow Spaniard Ignasi Miquel had a really good debut at centre-back.
"I was very happy for him - I hadn't expect him to play for the first team this soon but he did well, was calm with the ball and showed everybody that he is a very good technical player.
"he still has things to work on defensively and tactically, but these things will come with more games and training sessions with us.
"He is a really nice and level-headed guy who works very hard, and he deserved the chance he received.
"He's been doing really well as captain of the reserves and has good leadership qualities; hopefully in him we have a centre-back for years to come."
Rosicky said:
"I thought Ignasi did very well in there. We know he's a very talented boy and I'm happy for him because it was an extremely good debut.
"I hope he continues to work hard and keeps improving, because there are good signs from him.
"Games like this one [Leyton Orient] can be difficult for a defender, especially on your debut - it's typically English and, as I said, quite physical.
"I think he handled it with great credit and we know he'll never let us down."

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