|Full name||Manuel Jesús Arana Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||3 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Seville, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2018||→ Delhi Dynamos (loan)||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019|
He played 75 La Liga matches during four seasons, scoring a combined five goals for Racing de Santander and Rayo Vallecano. He added 164 appearances and 33 goals in Segunda División, and also competed professionally in Australia, India and Gibraltar.
Arana was born in Seville, Andalusia. After not being able to successfully graduate at hometown's Real Betis he signed with CD Castellón, where he would first appear professionally in 2006–07's second division, playing in one game; in the following two seasons, also in that level, he proceeded to be used very regularly.
In June 2009, Arana moved to La Liga with Racing de Santander, penning a four-year deal. He made his debut in the competition on 30 August in a 1–4 home loss against Getafe CF, and scored in his third match with the Cantabrians for a 2–1 win at Málaga CF, going on to net three more goals in the league (totalling 1,749 minutes) as the team managed to retain their league status.
On 7 July 2014, Arana left Recreativo de Huelva and joined RCD Mallorca also in division two, for two years. On 30 September 2016 the 31-year-old moved abroad for the first time in his career, after being confirmed as the third visa player signing by Brisbane Roar FC for the 2016–17 season.
On 12 July 2017, Arana switched clubs and countries again, signing for Indian Super League franchise FC Goa. He scored his debut goal for them on 25 November, but in a 1–2 defeat against Mumbai City FC; on 31 January 2018, he was loaned to fellow league team Delhi Dynamos FC until March.
- As of match played on 14 February 2018
|Racing Santander||2009–10||La Liga||31||4||3||0||—||34||4|
|Rayo Vallecano||2012–13||La Liga||2||0||1||0||—||3||0|
|Goa||2017–18||Indian Super League||10||3||—||—||10||3|
|Delhi Dynamos||2017–18||Indian Super League||2||0||—||—||2||0|
- Appearances in AFC Champions League
- Racing Santander 1–4 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 30 August 2009
- Morris grabs late winner; ESPN Soccernet, 19 September 2009
- Manuel Arana se desvincula del Racing de Santander (Manuel Arana cuts ties with Racing de Santander); Goal, 27 August 2012 (in Spanish)
- Manuel Arana nuevo jugador del Rayo (Manuel Arana new Rayo player) Archived 28 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Rayo Vallecano, 31 August 2012 (in Spanish)
- El Rayo Vallecano ficha a Manuel Arana (Rayo Vallecano sign Manuel Arana); Goal, 31 August 2012 (in Spanish)
- El RCD Mallorca ficha a Manuel Arana (RCD Mallorca sign Manuel Arana) Archived 15 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine; RCD Mallorca, 7 July 2014 (in Spanish)
- Lewis, Dave (30 September 2016). "Roar snap up Spanish ace Rodriguez". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Monteverde, Marco (30 September 2016). "Brisbane Roar signs former La Liga winger Manuel Arana Rodriguez on one-year deal". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "FC Goa signs Spanish midfielder Manuel Arana". The Times of India. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
- "ISL 2017–18: Samba magic helps Mumbai City FC outshine FC Goa". Deccan Chronicle. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
- "FC Goa have reached an agreement with Delhi Dynamos to loan Manuel Jesus Arana Rodriguez to the Lions till the end of the season. The club wishes Manuel the best of luck for the rest of the campaign. #HeroISL". Twitter. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Arana: Manuel Jesús Arana Rodríguez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "Arana". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- Manuel Arana at BDFutbol