Juan Arango leaves ‘The Foals’ after five years

Many Bundesliga fans have been in awe of The Special Juan and his magical left foot. If ever the cliche of a player not being a great goal scorer, but a scorer of great goals, described a player accurately, it’d probably be applied to Arango. After five years of loyal service, the Venezuelan has chosen to join Xolos Tijuana on a two year deal with an option for an additional third season at the club. Arango is going to be re-united with his former national team coach Cesar Farias in Mexico.

The 33-year-old was offered a one year deal by Borussia Mönchengladbach, with an option for another season at the club, which would have been triggered after a certain amount of matches. Arango decided that this contract offer wasn’t good enough, telling Bild:

It’s my last big contract. I wanted to sign for at least two years, and I don’t want to sit on the bench at age 33.

During his time at Gladbach, Arango featured in 172 matches, scoring 31 goals in the process. The set piece specialist has also been amongst main assists providers in the Bundesliga, playing the final ball ahead of a goal on 43 occasions.

The Foals’ transfer market activity indicated that Arango was likely being phased out, as Gladbach have already signed Augsburg’s André Hahn and VfB Stuttgart’s Ibrahima Traoré ahead of next season. Another reason for the Venezuelan’s departure was the fact that his place in the team was in jeopardy, as he explained to Bild:

Gladbach offered me a one year deal, but I was told that I wasn’t going to be regular. It’s a shame, because I love Borussia and I would have liked to stay in the Bundesliga.

One goal prettier than the next one

Arango is likely to feature in Borussia’s away match against Wolfsburg on Saturday. With a win, the Foals still have a chance to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League, meaning that Arango potentially could leave on a sporting high note. Furthermore, the 33-year-old is currently on a decent scoring run, having scored 8 goals so far this season, which is a personal record for the Venezuelan.

It’s a well known fact that Lucien Favre had his doubts about Arango before he joined Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss’s main concern was the 33-year-old’s lack of pace. However, the coach was quickly swayed by the midfielder’s great technique and his ability to pull out important strikes from distance when The Foals needed them the most.


The Bundesliga channel on YouTube has taken a closer look at some of Arango’s best strikes.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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