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Merida Wants To Be Like Cesc

Promising Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida says he wants to be like roommate Cesc Fabregas.

The 16-year-old arrived at Arsenal under similar circumstances to his fellow Spaniard. In 2003 Arsenal snapped up Fabregas on a free as he turned 16. After much speculation Merida followed Fabregas across the waters.

Now Merida says he wants to follow Cesc the rest of the way to the first team.
"Cesc for me is like my mirror — he`s the player I want to be," Merida told

"When I go to watch the first team I`m always watching him, the way he plays and the way he passes the ball. I am only 16-years-old and to watch him and learn from him is so important. I`m going to keep working hard and, of course, one day I would love to play alongside him'

Merida also expressed his excitement at the thought of playing at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Youth Cup against Cardiff.

"For us it`s amazing," said Merida. "It`s the biggest stadium many of us have played in. I didn`t know the FA Youth Cup was so important when I came here but now here I am possibly about to play a game at Emirates Stadium.

"I don`t think it`s sunk in yet but it`s going to be a special day and hopefully there will be a lot of people there to cheer us on. I`d like the whole stadium to be full but I think we all just want to play in front as many people as possible.

"I think we`ve had very difficult games so far but we`ve done very well to overcome the challenges and that`s why we are here.

"I`m happy with how my season is going personally and I`m really enjoying living in England. Now I`d love to go and win this competition.'

I can just imagine the dread the likes of Spu*s, United and Chel$ki must feel when they imagine having to play against two Cesc's. If one Fabregas can ruin Spurs' midfield, what on earth would 2 do?

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 19 2007

Time: 10:54PM

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wasnt that game tonight? anyone got any idea how the younglings got on? »»Arsene Knows««
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19/02/2007 22:59:00

3-2 result 1-0 1-1 2-1 cardiff missed pen 3-1 ist half 2nd half 3-2 with 2 mins left
fran merida
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19/02/2007 23:13:00

we await eagerly merida...drooling with anticipation
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19/02/2007 23:16:00

fran aren't u supposed to be playing?
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19/02/2007 23:16:00

and add a cross of Rosicky and Gilberto to the two Cesc's in the midfield... imagine what would that be like... BTW arsenal won the game 3-2.
Spartan Gooner
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19/02/2007 23:21:00

yes, i think you should get of to bed young master merida - don't wanna be late for training in the morning :) cheers for the score by the way :D »»Arsene Knows««
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19/02/2007 23:23:00

How come nobody wants to be like Robbie Savage? 8-)
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19/02/2007 23:40:00

Imagine a young spud player " I wanna be like Didier Zakora when I grow up! lol
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19/02/2007 23:47:00

8-) Nice one Ice!
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20/02/2007 00:09:00

lmao iceman10. ^^b And congrats to the Arsenal youth team! I think it's safe to say we're all anticipating something frighteningly good from him!
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20/02/2007 01:49:00

Yeah congratulation's to the Arsenal Youth Team especially Jay Simpson for the first hat-trick at the new ground!
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20/02/2007 04:03:00

All i've really seen of him is on highlight clips and you tube crap so cant tell that much but he seems to have more natural trickiness than Cesc and a shot like Lampard, ya cant tell what he lacks from highlights though i suppose, anyways my point was he looks good.
Ozi Gooner
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20/02/2007 04:42:00

lolz iceman, thats the most sarcastic thing i've heard for a while..
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20/02/2007 06:38:00

Now c'mon Iceman, you know the spuddies "hijacked" our deal and stole Zokora from under our noses....
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20/02/2007 09:05:00

We are aparently still interested in him, Gunnersaurus has injured his foot and we need someone to take his place in the dinosaur suit!
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20/02/2007 11:07:00

ya but then who'll replace him in the spuds team then? :p
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20/02/2007 11:41:00

but that means we'd be replacing a dinosaur with a donkey... »»Arsene Knows««
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20/02/2007 11:54:00

Jermaine defoes WAG!
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20/02/2007 11:55:00

Gunnersaurus is Quicker and has a better passing range!
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20/02/2007 11:56:00

So, now we have Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Merida and Maumba all under 21 vying for 2 or 3 cm spots in a couple of years. This should give Le Boss plenty of headache. I am concerned that Le Boss may be tempted to sell Gilberto next summer. He seems to be interested in resigning Sidwell too. I see Merida as more of Rocisky type of player than Cesc. I hope he would mirror himself more to Rocisky since we already have a Cesc clone in Denilson!
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20/02/2007 12:57:00

gunnersaurus also looks better in the arsenal shirt than zokora ever would... »»Arsene Knows««
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20/02/2007 16:10:00


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