Madrid, June 29 One of many breakout stars of the 2022/23 La Liga season, Arnau Martínez will as soon as once more be in focus within the upcoming season as he leads Girona FC of their try to enhance on their Tenth-place end within the earlier season.
Doubtless the star for Girona FC, the teen dominated the fitting flank to assist the Catalan membership end Tenth of their first yr again within the high flight of Spanish soccer. Arnau’s reward for this stellar season has been included on the listing of candidates for the 2023 Golden Boy award and a spot within the Spain squad for the European Beneath-21 Championship.
Though he solely simply turned 20 in April, Arnau has already made 97 appearances for Girona FC, the membership the place he has taken his first steps as an expert footballer. After debuting aged 17 in 2020/21, when Los Blanquivermells have been competing at La Liga stage, Arnau turned an everyday starter by the 2021/22 season, which ended with him scoring a decisive objective within the promotion playoffs closing. After transferring as much as La Liga, the teen demonstrated that he belongs on the high stage.
Born simply outdoors Barcelona in Premia de Dalt, Arnau frolicked in FC Barcelona’s La Masia academy between the ages of seven and 13, even enjoying in the identical staff as Alejandro Balde, one other of one of the best full-backs of 2022/23. He later moved to CE L’Hospitalet after which to Girona FC’s academy, enjoying as centre-back all through his youth profession, fairly than at right-back, his present place.
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As he defined in an interview with Diario AS: “I performed centre-back all my life, apart from once I performed for my native membership as a striker once I was a younger child. Once I arrived at Barça, they put me in central protection. Then, once I arrived at Girona FC, I additionally began as a centre-back in a three-man defence, however when Míchel joined he moved me to full-back. Personally, I desire the full-back place. You may get ahead and play extra within the different space, which is what everybody likes to do. Nonetheless, I’ve no difficulty enjoying at centre-back.”
A number of of Europe’s greatest golf equipment have Arnau on their radar, whereas the voters of Tuttosport’s prestigious Golden Boy award have taken observe of the right-back’s performances too, naming him on the shortlist for the 2023 version of the award.
As he will get able to signify Spain within the European Beneath-21 Championship this summer season and appears to choose up the place he left off final season when La Liga resumes in August, Arnau Martínez could have additional alternatives to impress these voters.