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Merida back to Spain?

Spanish newspaper AS reports this morning that Fran Merida has signed a 5 year deal with Atletico Madrid to return to Spain at the end of this season.

The 19 year old midfielder was offered, and had apparently verbally agreed a new contract with Arsenal back in September but this was never signed. Commenting at the time Wenger said "Some clubs are doing work behind our back to destabilise him. We cannot stop them but it is a fact."

Merida had joined Arsenal in 2005 in controversial circumstances from Barcelona's youth team and 2 years later was ordered by Spanish courts to pay Barca around £2m for breaching personal pre-contract terms, a fee believed to have been paid by Arsenal.

He opened his senior goal scoring account with a tremendous strike in the Carling Cup win over Liverpool at the Emirates in October. After the game he was delighted to have scored and expressed his desire to secure a new contract.

"At the moment I am talking to the Club so I don't know what is going to happen," he said at the time.

"I am really happy here so hopefully everything is going to be OK. We are going to sit down and talk about [a new contract]."

If the reports are true then Merida will leave on a free transfer which, though sad for a player with obvious talent, is understandable given those like Ramsey who are ahead of him. Merida's agent Joseba Diaz has said that Fran has 'a disease for Atletico' and that 'little can be done about it'

With a surfeit of young talent that the club has developed and acquired all impatient to get into a first team which, with players like Cesc, Denilson, Song and Diaby, is still quite young it is inevitable that some players, as with Bentley and Sidwell previously, will not want to wait for their first team chance to come. It appears that Merida, who will be 20 before the season ends, doesn't see an early route into the Arsenal team.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday January 5 2010
Time: 9:28AM

Comments

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Disappointing to lose him given how highly Wenger rates him and the investment we've made in developing him. Think he could have become an excellent player for us if he continued to develop under Wenger.
Gooner_Vin
05/01/2010 09:39:00
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I can understand if he chooses to go to Madrid. A young spanish guy who loves Athletico returning to his native land. He has alot of young talented competition in front of him and is unlikely to play alot more football this season. I would prefer him to stay with us but to go out on loan for the rest of this year and possibly next year.
paul_ownz
05/01/2010 10:37:00
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That's a shame it really is. I know a guy who runs the lines at Arsenal "behind closed door" games and when Fran first came to the club he was practically wetting himself at the quality of this kid. I think he has the quality to really be a big player ..... but so do all the players in front of him. The problem with having such a massive collection of brilliant young talent is that they can't all play, and we will lose some of them.
Rocky7
05/01/2010 10:58:00
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Realistically at the moment we have Fabregas, Song, Denilson, Diaby & Ramsey ahead of him to form the middle 3 with Nasri, Eduardo, Arshavin, Rosicky & Walcott ahead of him in the attacking births. With Vela, Wilshere and Eboue in the mix and any possible new signings in the near future making it extra hard for him to break through
paul_ownz
05/01/2010 11:12:00
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Yeah it would be difficult for him. I always thought that Vela might be another player who'd move on too, but thankful he decided to stay. As soon as he moved out left on Sunday he looked the dogs *********.
Rocky7
05/01/2010 11:31:00
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Not bothered. Was never going to be ahead of Ramsey, Diaby, Denilson, Song and that other Spanish dude.
Tom14
05/01/2010 11:31:00
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Losing him on a free isn't good either. I always thought he and Cesc could have dovetailed nicely together a la Xavi and Iniesta.
Gooner_Vin
05/01/2010 12:02:00
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Ramsey will be the Iniesta to Cesc's Xavi.
Tom14
05/01/2010 12:27:00
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I always hoped he would turn out to be the left-footed Fabregas. Its a shame if he's off but it can't have been easy for him living in Cesc'c shadow, having come from the same academy.
MeetTheGunners
05/01/2010 12:28:00
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Tom14, I dont know if Ramsey is a Iniesta kind of player. To me he is more of a Gerrard. Ramsey is versatile, physically and mentally strong and has good shooting and passing ability. The nearest we had to an Iniesta was when Hleb wore the no 13 shirt.
deltaforce
05/01/2010 13:25:00
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