By Chris Wright
Arsenal have confirmed that Fran Merida will join Atletico Madrid when his contract at the Gunners expires on July 1st.
The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder will join the La Liga side on a four-year contract after spending nearly four years at the Emirates. Merida, who was bought to Arsenal in 2006 when Arsene Wenger picked him out of the Barcelona youth team, has failed to convincingly break into the first-team – only managing four substitute appearances in the Premier League last season.
Arsenal will now be hoping that Merida is the only young, Spanish, former Barca midfielder they will see depart for his homeland this summer.