Arizmendi as a Zaragoza player in 2009
|Full name||Ángel Javier Arizmendi de Lucas|
|Date of birth||3 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Forward / Winger|
|2003–2004||Atlético Madrid B||28||(10)|
|2004–2005||→ Racing Santander (loan)||22||(3)|
|2006–2007||Deportivo La Coruña||50||(7)|
|2011–2012||→ Neuchâtel Xamax (loan)||13||(4)|
|2012–2013||→ Mallorca (loan)||21||(2)|
|2013–2015||Deportivo La Coruña||17||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Madrid, and a product of local Atlético Madrid's youth system, Arizmendi made his La Liga debut for the first team on 15 February 2004, in a 1–3 away loss against FC Barcelona. The following season, he played on loan with fellow league club Racing de Santander.
As opportunities were scarce at Atlético, Arizmendi was signed by Deportivo de La Coruña for €2 million, on 3 January 2006. The Colchoneros bought him back according to a clause in the contract but, on 21 June 2007, he joined Valencia CF on a six-year deal.
During 2007–08, Arizmendi's physical style of play was occasionally put to use at right back due to injuries to habitual Miguel and Marco Caneira. On 23 March 2008, he scored his first Valencia goal in a 3–2 win at Real Madrid, while also helping the Che to the campaign's Copa del Rey.
On 12 August 2008, Arizmendi was signed by Real Zaragoza for roughly €4 million on a six-year contract. In his debut year, he was instrumental as the Aragonese returned to the top flight after just one year out, netting nine times in the league alone.
On 30 June 2010, after greatly helping Zaragoza retain their status – 31 games, five goals, 2,064 minutes – Arizmendi signed for six years with Getafe CF, qualified for the UEFA Europa League. In August of the following year, however, after an unassuming season and the arrival of new manager Luis García, he moved to Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland on a season-long loan.
Along three other teammates, Arizmendi was released from contract by the Super League team on 6 January 2012. He played his first match in his second spell on 4 February, appearing 24 minutes and being booked in a 0–1 home loss against Real Madrid.
In 2003, without having played any football at the highest level, Arizmendi was called up to the Spain under-20 team that competed at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, where he scored an extra time winner over Canada in the quarter-finals after coming on as a substitute. The nation went on to finish as runner-up.
During the 2005 Mediterranean Games, Arizmendi controversially celebrated the nation's gold medal carrying a Spanish flag which hailed from the days of Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship. The player argued it was thrown from the stands at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, and that he did not notice the emblem on it.
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