Barça C to the reserves, where he played for four seasons. Bobby Robson handed him his debut in the First Division in November 1996, but he didn’t join the first team squad until the summer of 1998, the start of the second season with Van Gaal on the bench. After two seasons, in 2001, he signed for Malaga where he’d end up hanging up his boots after 10 years. In 2011 he retired from the professional football world.
Arnau first donned the first team shirt in la Liga on 9 November 1996 in a game against Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou. The final score was 3-3. He was still in the reserve team when he made that debut. Arnau joined the first team squad in the second year with Louis Van Gaal on the bench. He shared his position with Hesp and Vítor Baía. At the end of that season he won the league championship in the club’s centennial year. Arnau played for two more seasons at Barça until the summer of 2001 when he signed for Malaga. He was at the Andalusian club for ten seasons, two of those in the second division. Finally in 2011 he retired as a professional. Curiously his final game was against Barça at la Rosaleda. The blaugrana won 3-1.
1 Liga (1998-1999)