While Angha was always deemed talented unfortunately he appears to have been a victim of his own versatility.
The former FC Zurich teen has been used all across the back-four during his time with The Gunners; never truly adopting to one pure position during his two-year spell.
It is a very similar story to that of former Arsenal youngster Havard Nordtveit.
The highly rated Norwegian youth international was signed from Haugesund and dubbed the ‘best defensive talent in Europe’ by former Norway coach Mils Johan Semb when asked about the move.
But Nordtveit never settled at the club.
He, like Angha, was never given a genuine position to call his own. He featured at centre-back and right-back while at the club and on loan spells with Salamanca and Lillestrom never truly looking comfortable in either role.
It wasn’t until a loan deal at a German club that it all changed.
The German club in question? You guessed it; FC Nurnberg.
They saw his talents all the more differently and decided his best position would be in the centre of midfield in a holding role rather than at the back. Needless to say anybody who knows how the rest of this story goes Nordtveit never looked back.
Now 22 his time at Nurnberg attracted one of Germany’s biggest and traditionally strongest clubs Borussia Monchengladbach to his signature. Now a regular in the side he was recently valued at around £7 million; and in fairness he could possibly even fetch upwards of that sum in the current inflated market.
Angha will now hope that Nurnberg will be able to recreate him to one exclusive role and have a similar effect on his career as they did Nordtveit’s when he went to the Stadion Nurnberg; also as a 19-year-old.
So will Arsenal one day rue this decision?
Personally I don’t think so. From what I have seen of Angha in the NextGen Series he doesn’t seem to have recovered fully from a serious knee injury early in his career but then again I have only really see him play at full-back.
We are reliably informed he is far more effective in the middle of the park. Just like Nordtveit a switch in Bavaria may leave Arsenal wondering what might have been.
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