By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that Fran Merida has a “similar talent” to his compatriot Cesc Fabregas.

Comparisons have long been made about the Spanish duo and Wenger himself believes that the pair are quite alike. However, the manager pointed out that supporters will not see the best of Merida until he has grown in stature.

“[Being compared to Fabregas] is a big task as well but I think he has a similar talent,” said the Frenchman ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Turf Moor. “You see in training and in the first team, he is always an asset.

“But at the moment in the Premier League you need power and I feel Fran is a late developer physically, but I do think he will come on.”

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2 Dec 2008