Merida said: “For me, Cesc is a mirror which I look to. We have had the same upbringing and, since I arrived, he always was the first that gave me advice.
“The first thing that he said to me was that I learn English. The truth is that at the outset it was a little hard, but now I am very happy in London.
“My objective is to reach the first team of Arsenal, but what I now must do is work every day without thinking in the long term.”