This is Merida’s Season to Shine
When Arsene decided not to re-enforce his midfield one of the reasons was the progress made by Arsenal’s other Spanish youngster Fran Merida. Arsenal fans and coaches have been waiting for the youngster to make that final leap to the first team squad, with some coaches believing that he has the ability to be a better player than Cesc.
Fran has been rewarded with a first team squad number and came on for 20 minutes against Portsmouth. Merida was the star of the show creating chance after chance in the recent 4-0 reserve drubbing of Birmingham.
Merida knows he has not made it yet and in an interview to arsenal.com on Tuesday he showed both how excited he is at the prospect of being a first –team squad member but he also acknowledged that he has more work to do before he can claim a regular place.
“When Pat Rice told me I was moving into the first-team dressing room it was a great moment,” the Spaniard told Arsenal.com after starring in the Reserves’ victory over Birmingham on Tuesday night.
“Of course I was always confident, if I thought ‘I can’t do this’ then there’s no point. I always believed I could do it and now I am part of this fantastic team with great players.
“I am very pleased, very happy because it has been three or four seasons. You have to stay patient, I always was and I know I am there now.
“I am just going to work even harder to get my chance. I know the players will help me so I’m looking forward to a fantastic season.”
Fran will play a big part this season in our midfield and perhaps then fans will realise why Wenger believed that he had sufficient players to provide cover in central midfield.