Former Arsenal prospect reveals reasons for Championship move

Ignasi Miquel

Ignasi Miquel left Arsenal to join Norwich City on deadline day, due to being ‘stuck’ with the Gunners.

An impressive start to the Championship season sees Norwich sitting fourth after five games played, having defeated three of their divisional rivals.

However, manager Neil Adams was still looking to strengthen on deadline day, and the recruitment of former Barcelona and Arsenal youth product Ignasi Miquel boosts the defensive options for a team who have conceded just three goals in five games.

The Spainish youth international spent a spell in the Championship last season, featuring seven times for Leicester City in the title-winning campaign, and despite being young enough to still make an impact in North London - being just 21-years old - the central defender was looking for a move, seeing him ‘stuck’ in the Arsenal set-up.

Speaking to the official Canaries website, Miquel, who had made five Premier League appearances for the Gunners since joining in 2008, revealed how excited he was to once again play in the Championship, and laid out his desire to see Norwich return to the top flight.

"The Championship is tough - very tough, compared to the Premier League. Now I know what the Championship is about, so I know what I'm getting into.

"I enjoyed it last season. I didn't play that much, but I played enough to know how competitive it is. I'm looking forward to it."

Rather than agreeing another loan away from North London, Miquel was keen on a permanent deal as a means to kickstart his career - although the youngster is aware that getting into the first-team may will be a task to overcome.

"It's brilliant. It's a new achievement for me to come in, to get in the team as soon as I can, and try to help Norwich get back to the Premier League. That's where they should be.

"A permanent move is massive for me. It got to the point where I was stuck a bit at Arsenal, so I had to move on and make sure my career keeps going. Norwich have given me the chance to prove that I can be a great player.”

Miquel will be hoping to make his debut for the club at the earliest available date, an away tie at Cardiff City on September 13.

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