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Arsenal Finally Speak About Merida

It is finally finally official, that Fran Merida is a gooner.

After months of speculation, rumours & silence, the Arsenal staff have at last commented on the talented youngster.

Vital Arsenal announced last Friday that Merida would play for a Gunners XI against Borehamwood that same day, but lots of miserable sods declared they didn't believe he had signed and was just on trial, well at last, we have official word from the club about the player.

Neil Banfield, the youth team coach had this to say.

'Fran is 16 years of age, a central midfield player, and we have high hopes for him,' he told Arsenal.com.

'He plays centrally and as we saw against [Boreham Wood] he's technically very good, he understands the game well and he looks a very good young player.

'I think the biggest challenge against a team like Boreham Wood is the physical side, there is a bit of rough and tumble to those kinds of games. Some of the lads we had in the side were 15 or 16, and they did very well.'

Fran Merida has also appeared on the youth team squad list.




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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 7 2006

Time: 4:42PM

Your Comments

Hes a very good signing will do great for our reserves
kenyanrudeboy2
Hes gonna be good in a few years time. Now we just got to concentrate on Ribery and Gallas
Tugboat
he is has bright future ahead, in the mould of fabregas, great technical skill and fantastic vision. also has an eye for goal. now that the team have enough 'skills', i hope we could reinforce some 'steel'. we were deemed too lightweight in the midfield last season & our latest recruit rocisky who is dimunitive but very skillful hasnt changed a thing
Joe_@**
are we trying to build the best under 18 team in england. i'm all for developing talent but merida and wallcot and the rest of the kids are not going to peak for another 10 years. do i have to wait till i am 40 until we have a great team? any chance we could buy a couple of grown ups for the first team squad i think we a re looking a little light, especially at the back.
foley1989
Only concern i have is if Merida and Fabregas play together in the center, doesn't that leave us alittle bit vunrable as both are attack minded center midfielder players who ain't the tallest around or strongest? Maybe Wenger will adapt the team around these two young gems as so far Fabregas has proven his worth and if Merida can have half the impact they both deserve to play and can both influene the game. Can't wait to see him in a competative game in carling cup or so, just hope not to much pressure is heaped on his shoulders after Fabregas's raise and hes allowed to develop at his own pace and into his own player. Wenger once again prove's hes the best around when it comes to finding young talent. Diaby in the holding roll with Fabregas and Merida infront of him in a 4-3-3? Now that seems intresting.
Johnaldiniho
I'm sure Merida will be implemented either in the middle or on the right of midfield when freddie gets past his best. Whatever happens we all know he will play some part in the first team sooner or later. Also that nacer barazite, 15 yrs old and 6 foot 3. A boy in a mans body. He will be a hit too. Plays up front but can also operate in midfield. Watch out for these guys. I expect them to breakthrough in two seasons tops.
protocal
Another "steal" for the Gunners, how much compensation is being paid?
Westl
Fran Merida is a very good signing for you. Here is a link of him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpUTBXbBx04&mode=related&search=
Adilson
You know, you guys always think you are whiter than white and that Chelsea is corrupt. For a change look yourselves in the mirror. Barcelona do not use shirt sponsorship, as a Yank I believe only the team name should be on the shirt, and I wish CFC would adopt the same approach. Barca donate, I believe .5% of their take to charity, and now you are taking another product of their youth system for free. This is clearly the result of agent and team colluding in advance, does this sound similar to "tapping up"? Of course it was just a coincidence that a year ago this player decided to go hide in the countryside and avoid any direct connection to Barcelona after the earlier signing of Fabregas. During the construction of Ashburton Grove a lot of promises that had been made regarding issues such as community sports were allowed to lapse, again I am sure this had nothing to do with Islington councillors being paid by Arsenal at the time. I know this is unfortunately a business now, but at least be consistent. CFC have paid well over the odds on a lot of deals, but at least this money is going back into football, seems to me that the Arsenal philosophy is to extract the money. I am not taking the pi**, tis is really happening and I would encourage a healthy debate. I just ask for some consistency. Thank you.
Westl
Well i know for a fact that arsenal donate money to various charities, and also we don't have that much of a disposable income as cfc, but the truth is to compete with the likes of cfc we have to scower for young talent and build a team which can challenge. I wish we could spend ridiculous amounts of money like chelsea do. We will in time, but for now westl this is the only way. I think you'll find that all the top clubs do it. Not just arsenal even cfc ( leeds youth players) . the fact the matter is that not all clubs have billionaire owners and some clubs have to to do it another way which is cheaper and effective otherwise they would go into liquidation. Anyhow i'm sure that the these promises will be kept but these things take time and cost money.
protocal
Arsenal also donate directly to Israels army...
Adilson
shup, he is a quality signin n wil b gr8 4 d future! we dnt hv poket money of 100 mil like u chelski fans so we hv 2 make sum exceptions!
Louis-10
Arsenal do not donate money directly to Israel.
Mikec
 

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