Former Arsenal defender, Ignasi Miquel, has officially joined Malaga.

Miquel, who’s now 25, has joined Malaga on a three-and-a-half-year deal after spending the first part of the 2017/18 campaign with Segunda side, Lugo.

The defender was in north London from 2008-2014 after playing for Barcelona and Cornella as a youngster. He made 14 senior appearances in that time; most of which were in the FA and League Cups. However, five were in the Premier League.

The Spaniard spent 2013/14 on loan at Leicester City before signing for Norwich the following season. Miquel then signed for Ponferradina in 2015 after his contract with the Canaries ended by mutual agreement and moved to Lugo last year.

At the second-tier Spanish side, the defender made 50 appearances across all competitions and became a first team regular. Therefore, I’m sure they didn’t make the decision to let him go easily.

It’s a shame Miquel has found it hard to really cement himself in a team since leaving Arsenal. Although they’re in La Liga, Malaga are struggling this season and currently sit bottom of the table. Therefore, they’re not exactly a step up. In fact, with Lugo second to top in the second division, it’s looking far more likely that they’ll be in the stronger position at the end of the season.

Regardless of where either team ends up, hopefully Miquel hits the ground running with Malaga and finds his place.