Miquel linked with Owls loan


Ignasi Miquel is reportedly a loan target for Sheffield Wednesday having had limited first team opportunities at the Emirates this season.

The Spaniard, who made nine appearances last term and has a lovely head of hair, has featured only twice in the League Cup this time around and could certainly do with a run of regular football with Arsene Wenger seemingly intent on fielding his strongest options in the FA Cup.

A ball playing centre-back with the versatility to operate as an auxiliary left-back, Miquel impressed early in the season with a goal-scoring performance against Coventry before picking up a knock which sidelined him for a few weeks.

Regional publication The Star claims that the relationship between Wednesday boss Dave Jones and his former assistant Terry Burton, now heading up our Reserves, could facilitate a deal although it remains to be seen whether the boss sanctions a loan given Johan Djourou’s recent departure and the prospect of Sebastien Squillaci returning to France.

Indeed, were the latter to move on in January it would leave the Gunners with only Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as defensive options. Given both Kyle Bartley and Alex Song were also on the books during the summer we’ve a dearth of options at the back.

Arsenal have been speculatively tipped to make a move for West Brom’s Jonas Olsson but that seems pretty unlikely if you ask us and unlikely to appeal to Jack Wilshere. That being said Arseblog News wouldn’t be surprised if a new face were to bolster the heart of defence if Miquel shuffled out for a few months.

If anybody knows any Linighan-Pates hybrids let us know…

UPDATE – According to Superdeporte.es, Spanish second tier outfit Elche CF are also interested in taking Miquel on loan. Thanks to @RYO_cleverfish for the heads up.

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