The writing could be on the wall in one way for the Gunners, following reports Martin Angha has snubbed the club to join Nuremburg.
German website kicker.de has claimed that 19-year-old Martin Angha has joined Bundesliga side Nuremburg on a four-year deal after deciding to snub a new contract from the Gunners this summer.
All of the indications have pointed towards him being offered a long term deal to join Arsenal but if this news is confirmed, it’s a very interesting decision by the Swiss and perhaps something Arsenal should start worrying about.
They should start worrying about it because in black and white terms, they have lost a very good defender to a side that cannot get anywhere near the same level as Arsenal in terms of quality and profile.
That should be a concern for not just the club but for Arsene Wenger as well, as it could lead to further examples of some of the best young players at the Emirates leaving for new adventures when Arsenal would ideally like to retain them.
The obvious counter argument is that Arsenal would have tied him down on a long term deal long ago, had they thought he had a potentially long and prosperous career in store for the club.
However, that doesn’t excuse the fact they are set to lose a very talented player for free and if he develops as all of his early potential has suggested he will, it could be a move which backfires on the Gunners over the next couple of years.
What makes this news more surprising is the fact that there are defensive gaps which will start opening up in the Arsenal senior side, as Per Mertesacker is not getting any younger and there could be some high profile departures this summer, according to the press.
It also devalues Arsenal’s youth teams in the respect that the pool of quality players they have to call on will now be one shorter, which leaves them weaker in defence and makes them more vulnerable.
It could be a subtle indication that Arsenal are losing their appeal when it comes to younger players, in their teen years who are thinking about their first big moves in professional football.
The more youngsters that leave like this, the less value the Arsenal youth system holds and the harder it will be for Wenger to convince younger players to join the club at earlier ages, which is an area that Wenger has excelled throughout his career at the club.
How much of a blow is this? Does it matter at all?
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