Arsenal Youngster Happy He Rejected Barcelona

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Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel is happy he rejected the advances from Barcelona and went to North London.

The 18-year-old played at Barcelona as a junior before being released by the club in 2004 at the age of 11.

He joined UD Cornellà but at 16-years-old, he received offers from Arsenal and Barcelona, but the Spaniard believes he made the right choice.

“You learn to fight,” he told AS. “When you get kicked out of Barcelona, you go down a bit because you think ‘a team like that says you can’t make it’.

“Then you think ‘you will not be able to continue in football’. I continued because I like it, and in the end I was lucky.

“At 16 I was at UD Cornellà. Then came another offer from Barcelona, they wanted me again. I didn’t know what to do.

“My parents said I should stay at Barcelona, as this meant staying at home. But then Arsenal’s offer came and I said I wanted to go. They fully supported me.”

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