Defender Ignasi Miquel has tweeted his delight at completing a £1.5 million deadline day move from Arsenal to Norwich City.
I'm really looking forward to getting started #NCFC— Ignasi Miquel (@igmiqu) September 3, 2014
The 21-year-old was once a highly-rated prospect at the Emirates, but has featured sparingly since making his first-team debut in February 2011 at the age of 18, with his last game for the Gunners coming over 18 months ago.
Spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Leicester City, where he made seven appearances, the centre-back was entering the final season of his contract in North London, and had been linked with a move throughout the summer, before signing a three-year deal at Carrow Road.
Norwich have given me the chance to prove myself. #NCFC— Ignasi Miquel (@igmiqu) September 3, 2014
He had declared last month that he wanted to stay at Arsenal to fight for his place but, despite Thomas Vermaelen’s departure to Barcelona opening up an opportunity, it appeared clear that Arsene Wenger was not willing to reintroduce him into the squad.
It’s brilliant for me to come here. #NCFC— Ignasi Miquel (@igmiqu) September 3, 2014
Having first joined Arsenal in 2008, aged 16, the former Spain under-21 international will now have another chance to prove his top-flight credentials in the second-tier, as he bids to help Norwich back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Let's get back to the EPL ! #NCFC— Ignasi Miquel (@igmiqu) September 3, 2014
Still boasting a great deal of potential to fulfil, Canaries boss Neil Adams could look back at the deal at the end of the season and wonder how he was able to get Miquel at such a bargain.
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