Meet Angelo Henriquez, the Manchester United reject out to upset Arsenal

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The Chile international rarely got a look in at Old Trafford but has taken his chance with both hands at Dinamo Zagreb

There’s an argument to be made that Angelo Henriquez's failure to force his way into the Manchester United first-team picture was a matter of bad timing.

Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson back in September 2012, the striker, who had excelled for Chile at the 2011 South American Under-17 championship, was tipped for big things.

"We have a proud record of developing young talent and Angelo fits the profile of a United player ," the Scot explained on the club's official website at the time.

"Skilful, attacking and someone who plays the game with real flair."

Highly thought of by Ferguson, the Chilean spent the second half of the season on loan at fellow Premier League side Wigan Athletic in the kind of developmental path previously trodden by the likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

But things began to change for Henriquez the following summer with the departure of United's iconic boss.

In came David Moyes and out went the Chilean again, this time to Real Zaragoza on loan, where he performed solidly with six goals in 25 games.

Clearly not part of the former Everton boss’ plans, his outcast status continued under Louis van Gaal, with the South American sent this time to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

But it was here that Henriquez started to really shine, netting an astonishing 30 goals in 37 appearances last term.

More significant still was the fact that he had managed three goals in six Europa League appearances for a team that had otherwise struggled in the competition.

Rumours of a big move away from Manchester United soon began to materialise, with the Daily Mail claiming Juventus were preparing a Paul Pogba-esque move for the Red Devils outcast.

But after having his fingers burned by his experience with United, Henriquez decided to do something altogether different – he signed permanently for Dinamo Zagreb.

Many were left perplexed at the move –surely the young striker, who had been part of Chile’s Copa America-winning squad, had done enough to earn a move to a more glamorous football locale?

Yet in an interview with 24 Sata, translated by Inside Futbol, Henriquez laid his cards out on the table:

“I came here so I could play with Dinamo in the Champions League."

“That is my great desire.”

League champions last season, Dinamo Zagreb are currently in the midst of a 10-month unbeaten streak, helped in no small part by Henriquez’s goals.

The Chilean has scored 33 goals in 42 games to date for the Croatians and has already scored three in five this season, including two in the qualification stages of the Champions League.

Keen to play in the Champions League and potentially impress any possible suitors watching on, a good display against Arsenal would be a great starting point.

With the Gunners shipping goals in three of their last four games played on the road, it would not be a massive surprise to see the 21-year-old on the scoresheet.

And with Manchester United noticeably short on strikers, it would be great timing too, for Henriquez at least.

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