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Arsenal Owe Barcelona NOTHING

Arsenal Owe Barcelona NOTHING

Reports in the British press taht Arsenal have been ordered to pay FC Barcelona £2.2Million are totally false.

It is in fact Arsenal's young starlet Fran Merida has been ordered to pay his former employers the cash for 'formation costs and future value.'

Merida moved to Arsenal last summer after Barcelona made a mistake with contracts, meaning he wasn't tied to the club. Arsenal stepped in and signed the then 16-year-old.

It was after that that Barca took the lad to court to recieve compensation for his move, rather than seeking it from Arsenal.

After a court battle lasting nearly a year, Merida, 17, yes that's right - SEVENTEEN has been orderd to pay his former employers the massive sum.

It is, however, expected that Arsenal will pay the money on Fran's behalf.

Considering the potential of the player, £2.2Million is nothing compared to what Barca will be offering in 5 or 6 years time to take him back to Spain.

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday October 10 2007
Time: 7:17PM

Comments

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hope to see him play soon in CC.
fcdematthew
10/10/2007 19:34:00
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£2.2Million is too much isnt it?
afghenry
10/10/2007 19:39:00
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He'd be worth paying it for, he is very talented, see him in the youth cup last year at the emirates, he oozed class, seems to have that extra second on the ball like fabregas. Cannot see him ever going back to Barca if thats how they treat him, he was 16 when he left them, i suspect it was more natural talent than their training, 2milllion is a bit harsh.
Harry671
10/10/2007 19:41:00
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I before E except after C.
BlackRed
10/10/2007 19:47:00
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Getting a judgement of 2.2m against a 17 yr old is pretty pathetic imo. Why shouldn't he choose to further his career elsewhere? You'd have thought they'd have learned from losing Cesc. I'm sure we'll pay it, but it's petty and vindictive on Barca's part. They had their "revenge" for Cesc and Meridia by whoring themselves to Henry for 4 years. Ultimatelty they were a match made in heaven.
FAB 4
10/10/2007 20:09:00
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There is one thing we owe them Simmo and that's a damn good thrashing at the Luzhniki stadium on May 21st 2008 ;)
nikolaijns
10/10/2007 20:13:00
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oh, niko, don't give me ideas! a re-run, just like Milan got, would be manna from heaven. What are the odds that Lehmann gets sent off again after 12 minutes?
afri-gooner
10/10/2007 20:33:00
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dont worry,i will be playing for THE ARSENAL first team soon,and that 2.2 million will be money well spent....watch this space
fran merida
10/10/2007 20:45:00
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About the same as Sol popping up and getting a goal Afri-gooner!!
nikolaijns
10/10/2007 20:55:00
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haha so true niko. This is ridculous for a court to order a 17 year old to pay 2.2 million to a football club. What kinda of person would do that to a kid?
gunnerkid107
10/10/2007 21:17:00
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