Well 'bumped into' is somewhat disingenuous. I spotted him from afar, but at first shied away from approaching him. My policy is that I would not particularly appreciate strangers randomly accosting me.
But then I thought of the loyal reader(s?) of Arsereview and saw the possibility of my first scoop.
So approach him I did. And after getting past the pleasantries, I posed him the question "Fran, will you leave for Athletico Madrid this summer?".
To which he responded:
"No, I stay".
So there we have it: not only did he say he wouldn't go to Athletico, he said he wouldn't go to any other club.
Now Arsereview is not just another view of all things Arsenal; it is first for Fran Merida news*.
Keep the faith,
*Disclaimer: he may have been lying. This is possible. I know footballers are admired for their integrity, but still....