Former Arsenal wonderkid Fran Merida says he lacked patience when he quit Gunners

Fran Merida Trains With Arsenal

Former Arsenal prospect Fran Merida currently plays for Huesca.

Former Arsenal youngster Fran Merida is back in Europe, after signing with Spanish second division club Huesca.

The Spaniard had previously been playing with Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense, and was a free agent for several months before joining Huesca earlier this year.

In a fascinating interview with Spanish newspaper Sport, Merida explains that he had several offers before joining Huesca, but wanted to return to Spain.

He began his career with Barcelona as a teenager, quitting the club for Arsenal back in 2007.

Merida said: "The options I had were in countries that did not convince me. I could have gone, but if you are not convinced of anything, it's better to take another path. At the end I have my principles and I preferred a team here even if in the second division."

He admitted he had fallen out of love with football a little, but still only 25, has not considered quitting.

"Well there are bad times, but not just for football but by everything around it. I have never wanted to quit. I am enjoying football again in Huesca. I love football but I hate what's around it."

Merida went onto explain his dislike for the business side of football, but it was been on the pitch where his fall from grace has been most dramatic.

Hailed as the next Cesc Fabregas when he joined Arsenal, he even played and scored for the club, before quitting to sign for Atletico Madrid.

This gamble to play regular football backfired, and he was never able to hold down a regular place, sent out on loan to Braga in Portugal, before being sold to Hercules.

Merida explained that due to the talent at Arsenal, he just did not see a first team future.

He said: "I lacked Patience when I decided to return to Spain. But I would do it again. At the end I was 19 and I left the club with 17 games played with the first team.

"Look, I had Cesc, Nasri, Rosicky and Ramsey ahead. Great players, internationals all. I got the option of Atletico and I was delighted."

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