Former Arsenal starlet Fran Merida has revealed that he regrets leaving Arsenal back in 2010, suggesting he was too impatient and should have remained at the club, as reported by Yahoo Sport (via the Mirror).
Merida looked to have a bright future when he joined Arsenal at the age of 15, with Arsene Wenger describing him as an “absolutely amazing player” (via the Mirror). After time spent out on loan however, he grew impatient with his lack of first team football and decided to leave.
His career has been on a downward spiral ever since, and he’s now plying his trade in the Spanish second division. He clearly knows he made a mistake by leaving the Emirates, but cited the competition he was facing as the main problem.
“It was a mistake, I wasn’t patient,” he said.
“I realise that now, but Ive never been a patient person.
“I had some opportunities but the competition was high. Arsenal bought Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere into the first-team. [Samir] Nasri, [Cesc] Fabregas, [Tomas] Rosicky and Denilson were also in my position. It was difficult for me.”
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It’s a shame Merida never made it at Arsenal, as he looked to have all the qualities required to be a top quality player. He didn’t fare any better on his return to La Liga with Atletico Madrid though, and has career never recovered.
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Arsene Wenger has a host of failed prospects under his belt, but Merida is likely to be one he regrets losing.