Date: 4th March 2007 at 6:40pm
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Arsenal youngster Francisco Merida Perez has today committed to a four-year contract with Arsenal.

The former Barcelona youngster celebrated his 17th birthday on 4th of March by signing the deal at Arsenal`s London Conley training ground.

Merida is tipped to have a great future at Arsenal. He is described by reserve manager Neil Banfield as being ‘technically very good` and ‘having a good understanding of the game. Banfield also says he has high hopes for the young Spaniard, who has drawn comparisons to another Spanish player at Arsenal – Cesc Fabregas.

Congratulations Fran!

 

24 Replies to “Merida signs Pro Terms”

  • Another huge talent seals what is hopefully a glowing future, nice one Fran, look forward to seeing him in first team action after shining in the reserves the way he has, just thought I’d get my view in before our resident chelsea squatter turns this post into an argument about Carvalhos new haircut or summit! 😉

  • lol @ nikolaijns! he is staging a sit in on Vital Arsenal, Dirty protests and everything! Having seen a little of Merida, he plays a bit like Cesc but is a little more attacking and seems to have quicker feet, cant wait to see him in the Carling cup next year.

  • Another one for the Carling Cup next season. If he’s left footed and quicker than Fabregas then what the odds that Wenger will use him on the wings?

  • I’d say there’s every chance he’ll be used on the wing. He hasn’t got a weak right foot, I’ve seen a video of him score from 20odd yards with his right.

  • the future is def. bright…….even when fabregas leaves we can be safe in the knowledge that we have young quality players pushing through to replace him

  • yeah fran, thanks for popping up. not too many players do so. 😛 And the boy can whip some free kicks as well. Arsene Wenger’s magic!

  • Looking forward to seeing a bit more of him next season. Also looking forward to seeing Carlos Vela.

  • More good news. if nothing else, it eliminates any thought of complacency from the kids that are currently playing, though to be honest, none have shown that so far. but doesnt hurt to keep them on their toes !!

  • Vela might be comign ooner than that, if reports are to be believed. And yes, glad to see Fran sign pro forms, after all the excitement and the battle for his signature last year, it’s good to see him earning full contract, and justifying the club’s chase for him. »»Arsene Knows««

  • Whats the deal with Vela btw? I dont understand his terms too well, he cant play for us coz he aint 18 yet? and he’s out on loan in brazil right? someone on this forum said he was on loan in spain !! If he is our player and out on loan, i dont see his progress on the loan watch on arsenal.com. anyone?

  • He is on loan to salamanca in spain. He is 18 now & can join us in january although arsenal have put in for some sort of dispensation which will allow him to join us in june.

  • Thanks AG. But how is it that premier league age restrictions didnt apply to cesc and fran here, but only to vela !! only thing that makes sense, like u said flv, is coz he’s not a EU citizen. Isnt it unfair to have different standards?

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