Fran Merida has signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal.
"Yes we have extended his contract," confirmed the manager. "That was planned and it is good news because he is a very fine player. He is one for the future.
"The reports I have from [his loan spell in] Spain are that he does well everytime he plays. Fran is very technical. He still needs to grow physically but football-wise there is no problem. He is an absolutely amazing player."