Mexican Carlos Vela joined Arsenal in 2005 full of potential, and seen by many as a future club star. He was (and is) undoubtedly a skilful player and by the age of 21 he had made some impact on the Arsenal first team with a decent seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and over 50 appearances for the club.
But since then he has failed to cement his place. After injuries, and several loan spells away, he has found himself this seasons at Real Sociedad, again on loan. The Sun is now reporting that he won’t be returning.
“I would stay at Real” Vela told El Diario Vasco of Spain, “I am happy and the people support me. I owe Arsenal affection and gratitude for the opportunity that they gave me, but I was not happy there and this affected my work.”
“It was hard day to day (at Arsenal) and, when it came to training, I was thinking about going home. Here, however, I am happy and have made good friends.”And it seems Arsenal will not be disappoint the player, and will allow him to leave. If Vela did return he would have to fight with Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain and others in an already crowded Arsenal striker pool.
It is easy to see why he does not look forward to coming back. However Sociedad are not in the best financial situation and are will not necessarily be able to afford the transfer. Vela’s future is still very much uncertain, but it is unlikely to lie in North London.
At a club famed for its nurturing of young talent Vela stands as an example to others that Wenger does not always work his magic. The left-footed Vela may have been a suitable replacement for the surely departing Arshavin.
However this looks like it won’t be the case, and instead we will watch with interest to see if Vela goes from strength to strength in La Liga, finally in a place that suits him and his style of play. Or whether Wenger’s judgement was right, and he will stay with Soceidad at mid-table mediocrity.
Is this a case of Arsenal and Wenger neglecting a young talent, or simply the departure of a mediocre player that would have never cut it at Arsenal? Arsenal fans will you be sad to see him leave?
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