Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Player Profile: Martin Angha

Swiss defender Martin has established himself as a regular in the Reserve set-up this season and came perilously close to his maiden first-team call up for the Champions League tie away to Olympiacos, only for a registration problem to count against him on that occasion.

However, that was only a minor set-back in what has otherwise been a hugely impressive season for the player who turned 18 recently.

Signed from Zurich in 2009, Angha is a centre-back by trade but has also been used in both full-back berths, particularly on the left where he gets forward to devastating effect.

Although he initially found the fast pace of the English game somewhat difficult to come to terms with, he is now fully settled in London and signed his first professional contract last season. A good reader of the game who is strong in the tackle and possesses impressive distribution skills, Angha has also been capped by his country at various youth levels.

Occasionally, when playing at left-back, he can venture forward too often, leaving his fellow defenders exposed, but Angha is becoming increasingly adept in all departments and has trained with the first-team squad on several occasions this season.

Next campaign could see a Carling Cup call-up followed by a loan spell as he attempts to make inroads into the first-team picture.

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Adam O'Leary

Let’s hope he makes the most of his Arsenal experience and doesn’t end up leaving in a few years and looking back in Angha






Wonder if that registration problem forced Wenger’s hand in playing Santos on that ill fated night.

Merlin's Panini

nothing forced him. He could’ve stuck anyone in there that wasn’t so crucial to the team. It was a nothing game we were already through and at the top of the group. He could’ve put Miquel in from the start but chose not to. Could’ve put Park there for all I care! It was purely to try and keep Santos’s jellybelly from coming back, but I’m sure he knows he should’ve left him out in hindsight.
It’s happened now though, so not worth asking questions or getting angry about. Let’s move on.

Merlin's Panini

Just wondering to the thumbs-downers here, what part of what I said isn’t true?
Just telling it how it was.


Not sure why everyone blames Wenger for playing Santos in that game – oh right, that’s because we have the benefit of hindsight!
If you remember, Santos was new to the team and was a work in progress, getting used to playing in England and with our other defenders – so a game like Olympiakos was a good opportunity to give him a run out.
Unfortunately he got injured so now everyone thinks it was silly.


We should not forget that it was a CL game after all, and had Wenger played Angha or another reserve, Marseille could have felt aggrieved with some justification. I mean, if next year* Arsenal’s passage to the knock-out stage of the CL is out of our hands and depends on another team fielding a strong side, we wouldn’t want them to play a full-on reserve side. Some new blood and bench players yes, but there needs to be some level of respect for the other teams.

*requires 4th place this year which….. I know, I know…..


>requires 4th place this year which….

Or winning it this year. Ideally with Spuds in 4th spot. I’d happily finish below the bastards to see ’em take *that* massive knee to the happy sacks from us….


@merlins panini
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This guy sucks. We should sell him and buy Joey Barton.


After all this while people still don’t seem to get your sarcasm mate!

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