Endowed with refined technical ability, unpredictable dribbling and a keen eye for goal, Michael Arroyo’s electrifying forward runs and fierce shooting from distance make him a constant threat to any backline.
Still only 27, the attacking midfielder has already sampled life at a number of clubs, starting out at Emelec before a switch to Deportivo Quito, where he won the championship. He then turned out for Mexican sides San Luis and Atlante, having since returned to the latter, and enjoyed a loan spell at Ecuadorian outfit Barcelona, where title success also came his way.
Gambetita’s national-team experience can be traced back to youth level, having been a member of the Ecuador squad that took part in the U-20 Sudamericano in 2007. His senior bow duly came in 2010, a year in which he made seven appearances for La Tri, performing with such aplomb he made the cut for the Copa America 2011 in Argentina.
Called up for a host of qualifying games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Arroyo only made three appearances on the road to Brazil, all of which came in 2012. Even so, he has proven himself one of several viable creative alternatives at the disposal of coach Reinaldo Rueda.