Saturday, May 29, 2010

Merida's left

It's a pity that Fran Merida decided to join Atletico Madrid. He's got a lot of potential and I wish he'd stay another year to see if he could make it at the Arsenal. But then, I suppose he's seen that Wenger prefers Denilson and Diaby in the central midfield roles, and Arshavin and Nasri on the flanks, and decided to leave. At 20 years of age, he's champing at the bit for a chance at first team football, and Atletico Madrid is offering it to him.

It's the downside of Arsenal's youth policy. The idea was to recruit a bunch of youngsters, train them together, and then hope that they'll be good enough and loyal enough to win trophies with the Arsenal. Of course, some of them weren't going to make it. If Merida and Wilshere are competing for the same position, you'd have to say that Wilshere's the better long-term proposition. So we're going to be losing some really talented kids along the way, but hopefully, we'll keep the best ones at the club.

Merida had this to say:

So on the 329th last day of my 20s, I went to work, came home and reorganised the study. Nothing else. Can't be arsed. Having a bit of a lull at the moment. Really tired, need to sleep.

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