Young Swiss defender Martin Angha has explained why he’s swapping Arsenal for Bundesliga side FC Nuremberg citing a desire to make the step up to first team football as soon as possible.
The 19-year-old has been on the Gunners’ books for three years since signing from homeland side FC Zurich making steady progress through the Academy to become a regular in the Reserves over the last two years.
Handed a first team debut against Coventry in this season’s League Cup and with a Champions League cameo performance against Olympiakos to his name he was on the cusp of the first team squad without giving Arsene Wenger a selection headache.
“It was not about leaving England,” Angha told German publication 20 Minuten of his decision to leave the Emirates.
“The aim was to find a club where I can play regular professional football and develop myself. I believe I found that with Nuremberg and I’m looking forward to the Bundesliga.
“We’ve been in contact for months. The people here in Nuremberg really made me understand how much they wanted me. The conditions for playing are good here although it is of course up to me to achieve.
“I feel ready for professional football, but when I look at Arsenal I see no opportunity to play 20 Premier League games.”
It’s believed Angha has signed a 4-year deal with Nuremberg with Arsenal receiving in the region of £300,000 compensation having played a part in his development.
As Arseblog News reported earlier in the week fellow Academy youngster Kyle Ebecilio looks set to join Angha in leaving Arsenal this summer.
Both PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente are believed to have made contact with the player while clubs in Germany and Belgium also sniffing around. With an agent obviously eager to tout out his client the latest sides linked with the young Dutchling include former club Feyenoord, Anderlecht and Premier League duo Swansea and Fulham.