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Fran Merida on joining Arsenal: 'I thought I was right'

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Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida has been speaking to the press in Brazil after making a switch to South America earlier this year.

What is former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida up to nowadays?

Well after seeing his career stall in Spain; Merida decided to make a surprise move to Brazil in January signing with Atletico Paranaense.

He had previously been playing with Spanish second division side Hercules, a step down from his previous clubs Barcelona, Arsenal, and Atletico Madrid.

Merida admitted he knew very little about the club he was joining heading to South America, but he is intrigued by the challenge at playing in the fourth country of his career - having had a spell on loan in Portugal too.

In an interview with Brazilian news outlet LanceNet, Merida has been speaking about his choice to move to Atletico and his career.

He said: "I have not found a stable club and (I) do not know why. I would like (to find) here."

Asked why he left Barcelona for Arsenal as a teenager he said: "I had a chance to play in the professional there still very young, for me it was important to give confidence, I thought was right."

Atletico Paranaense are currently in Brazil's second division, and Merida is in need of a career pick me-up.

His second to last game in Spain saw him sent off just 13 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute, summing up a frustrating time in his homeland.

Merida's big problem in his career has not been leaving Barcelona for Arsenal, it can be argued he perhaps was right to do so, as he says - even if the way he says it sounds like it is tinged with a hint of regret.

He was on track to try and break through at the Gunners before moving back to his homeland. He was tempted away by Atletico Madrid, a route which he saw as another shortcut to first team football rather than continue battling away at Arsenal. But ultimately he was either not good enough to make it there either, or it was too early. 

Merida is only 23-years-old, but was already in need of a career up-turn. Most will have their fingers crossed that he finally finds success over in Brazil and shows why he was so highly rated as a teenager. 

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