Ignasi Miquel not used to left-back role but ready to learn from mistakes
Written by Renzo on December 1, 2011 20:30
With Kieran Gibbs ruled out with an injury and Andre Santos in desperate need of a rest, Spain’s Ignasi Miquel was used in an uncharacteristic left-back position, on Tuesday, against Manchester City.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website after the one-nil defeat, the youngster confessed that he’s not used to play on the wing and also that he wasn’t 100% fit after having just recovered from a two-week lay-off with the 19-year however adding that he is ready to play in any position if it means enjoying action with the senior squad.
Asked about midfielders Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin who did exceptionally well in midfield, the centre-back explained that it was a great experience to play alongside two players who came through the academy in the same way he did.
And on what comes next, Miquel concluded by saying that he will analyse his performance against the Citizens to understand where he can improve and that he will also work hard to get more first-team opportunities in Arsene Wenger’s line-up.
On Wednesday, the youngster said:
I played left-back again and I’m not used to that. I have been injured for the last two weeks and so my fitness wasn’t quite what it could have been either.
It was quite a hard game. But if you get the chance to play for the first team you don’t care where you play.
I know this is a hard position for me to move from centre-back to left-back but if I get the chance I really don’t mind.
I think there were some good things and some bad things in my performance overall. It was alright I think but obviously I wasn’t happy with the result in the end.
[Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin] have around with me for maybe three or four years now.
I’m so happy to see them getting games now and obviously for my next step I will try to be like them and get in there myself.
I’m really happy for them and that I can be here too. I think the main thing now is to work hard. You learn from your mistakes. I don’t think I can do much more.
If I work and try to see what I’ve done wrong then I can only improve. It’s the only way to grow.