Sky Sports reports that Arsenal has loaned Fran Merida to Real Sociedad for until the end of the season in an effort to raise the standards of the players and to give him regular matches.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s website:
He is a great player. He has a good opportunity to play there and he should be at Sociedad for six months. At the moment we play the young players so quickly in the reserve team – at 16 or 17 – that at 18 and 19 there is sometimes no challenge for them anymore. But it is still a little bit early for them to play in the first team at Arsenal. So there is a little gap period for them. We always think about how we can use this period for the benefit for the boy and the club. One of the solutions is to get them into clubs where they can get first-team experience.
This is certainly a great move both for the club and the player. Merida is rated highly in the Arsenal youth team and although la Real are in the Sugunda Division after being relegated from the Spanish first division at the end of last season, regular matches would enrich the player’s experience.