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Title: 38 - Martin Angha
Post by: TCP_13 on January 31, 2012, 06:17:45 PM

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.
Title: Re: Martin Angha
Post by: alonecrow on January 31, 2012, 08:19:45 PM
So far, pemain ini cukup bagus di Reserves, next season could be a huge season for him.

Berharap banget pemain ini bisa konsisten, supaya menghindari apa yang terjadi sama Hajrovic.
Title: Re: 57 - Martin Angha
Post by: TCP_13 on March 27, 2012, 12:53:05 PM

Born: 22.07.1994
Place of birth: Zurich, Switzerland
Position: Centre back

Martin Angha has featured in every reserve game this season, more than any other Gunner - a fact made more impressive in that he has not yet even completed his second season at the Club. “The fact that Neil Banfield has chosen me for every game gives me a lot of confidence and encouragement to keep on working hard," said the defender. "I have also played quite a few times for the Under-18s which has meant that I have often had to play twice a week. That is exactly the demands on the first-team players, which is good preparation."

Martin is considered to be one of the most improved players at the Club, which is praise indeed considering the high level of his starting point. The former Swiss Under-16s captain was courted by many of Europe’s top sides before he decided to join Arsenal, the club he supports: “I feel I have improved a lot since coming to Arsenal," said the 17-year-old. "I do not believe there is anywhere better for a young player to become the best they can be. I can see the improvements I have made, particularly technically and physically. I want to keep on working hard so that I can give myself a chance of playing for the first team.”

Martin has not yet featured in any of Arsène Wenger’s teams, but has often trained with the first-team squad: “One thing I really enjoyed was playing alongside Johan Djourou in central defence," he said. "He is one of my country’s most celebrated players and it was good to be his partner in the middle. Hopefully one day we can do that for the Arsenal first team and Switzerland. The youngster who has also built up a good relationship with another of Arsenal’s first-team centre backs: “Per Mertesacker has been a good friend to me," said Angha. "We both speak German and I am mostly with him whenever I am with the first team. He gives me a lot of help and advice, which is invaluable to me as a first-team player.”

The variety of languages spoken by the players reflects the internationalisation of the game. More interesting is a new trend - German is the latest language to follow French and Spanish as the most popular foreign language spoken at the training ground. Wenger is a fluent speaker, as of course is Tomas Rosicky. But the introduction of Mertesacker last summer and Thomas Eisfeld last January means that Arsenal possibly have more German speakers in the squad than any club outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“There is also Serge Gnabry, he is my closest friend at the Club. We are always together and spend a lot of time together away from the training ground. I have known Serge since we were 13 when we used to play against each other. He is a really nice guy, as is Thomas Eisfeld. He has found it a bit harder because of injuries, but I try to be there for him to help as much as I can. Per helps me, and I think it is normal for me to help Serge and Thomas if I can. The language factor helps but if they need anything I am there and I know if I needed their help they would be there for me.”

Despite Switzerland winning the Under-17 World Cup, that age group did not make it to the Under-19 European Championships, which seems baffling. It is is a question that Martin has been asking too: “It is something that I have been thinking about myself," he said. "I am not sure what the real reason is, but there is a trend that Switzerland does really well up to Under-18s and we fade after that. It could be that other countries have better academies and their players progress quicker, I am not sure. Another factor could be that the best youth players who stay in Switzerland tend to play in first teams back home and many get into the national side at a young age so are no longer available to the Under-19s.

“My team is not involved and so I’ll be cheering on my team-mates who do go, but between now and the end of the season I want things to carry on as they have so I can keep improving to give myself a chance of playing for the team that I have always supported."


Teams you played for before Arsenal?
Grasshoppers Zurich, FC Zurich

Best piece of advice?
Keep working hard and never give up

Best moment in football before joining Arsenal?
Playing and scoring against Arsenal

Team supported as a boy?

Pretended to be in playground?
Thierry Henry, Ronaldo

Other sports good at at school?
Ice Hockey

Favourite kids’ TV show?

Favourite teacher?
Andrea Burgmeier

Interested in signing you before Arsenal?
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United


Favourite item of clothing?
My shoes

Favourite car in the world?
Aston Martin

Current Arsenal role model?
Johan Djourou

Best thing about being at Arsenal’s academy?
You get the chance to train on an amazing training ground every day

Three words to describe you as a player?
Generous, fast, good...

Three words to describe you as a person?
Humble, happy, nice guy

Two people you follow on Twitter?
Gerard Pique, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite comedian?
Oliver Pocher (above)

Most talented team-mate?
Chuks Aneke