The former Spanish youth international had played 14 matches for the Gunners between 2010 and 2014
FORMER Arsenal and Barcelona youth team star Ignasi Miquel has joined Malaga.
The 25-year-old centre-back has moved on a free from Spanish second division club Lugo.
Miquel came through the ranks at Barca’s famed academy, La Masia, playing for the club from the ages of seven to 12.
He then moved to Cornella, where he played for four years, before Arsene Wenger moved for him just after his 16th birthday.
Miquel was highly rated in north London, becoming reserve team captain as a teenager.
He made his debut in February 2011 against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup, aged just 19.
Miquel would make sporadic appearances over the next three seasons, 14 in total, before moving on loan to Leicester City.
But the centre-back struggled to break into the first-team, playing only 12 games all season as the Foxes were promoted to the Premier League.
His contract with Arsenal expired and Norwich City took a signed him, but after signing a three-year deal with the Canaries, he left Carrow Road after a season.
He then moved to Ponferradina, who were relegated, before moving to Lugo, both second division clubs.
Miquel has impressed this season, playing all 16 of their matches so far.
Malaga have decided to snap him up on a deal that runs until summer 2020.