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Mexican Striker Carlos Vela Could Return to Arsenal Next Season

800px Fabregas  Vela 600x450 Mexican Striker Carlos Vela Could Return to Arsenal Next Season

Controversial Mexican Striker Carlos Vela who has refused to play for his country and is not on the 2014 World Cup roster will return to Arsenal next season according to Jokin Aperribay, the President of Vela’s current club Real Sociedad

Apperribay told the radio station Cadena SER:

“Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season.”

Signed originally as a sixteen year-old, Vela played for Arsenal from 2005 to 2012 but spent most his time at the Emirates out on loan. In his Gunners career, Vela scored just three Premier League goals in 29 matches. In his final Arsenal season he was sent on loan to Sociedad where he scored a spectacular goal and was signed permanently in the summer of 2012.

When Vela made the permanent switch to the San Sebastian based club Arsenal included a buy-back clause that allows them to acquire Vela for a fee reported to be somewhere between just £3.2 to  £3.5 million.

This past season, Vela provided 16 goals and 12 assists for Sociedad making him among the most prolific attacking players in Spanish football. The Gunners, Vela’s former club are struggling for attacking consistency and have a lack of depth across the pitch which was evidenced this past season when a rash of injuries saw Arsenal fall from top of the table on New Year’s Day to fourth in the league by season’s end.

Vela is a polarizing figure in Mexico and his previous stint in England did not go well. Still at such a bargain basement price, Arsene Wenger will likely be tempted to return the now 25 year-old striker to the Emirates.

The success Vela has had in Spain over the course of the last three years may catapult him to success in England despite his past failures with the Gunners. Several players from La Liga have moved to the Premier League in recent seasons and acclimated quickly and if Vela provides the type of depth Arsenal needs in the attacking positions, this could go down as one of the best transfers of the summer.


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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2 Responses to Mexican Striker Carlos Vela Could Return to Arsenal Next Season

  1. hoosiergunner says:

    Low risk, high potential reward. I like this idea.

    Now for an outside back and a reliable forward…

  2. Martin J. says:

    I think Arsenal are buying him back with the intent of selling him for a good profit. His stock has risen after a good season in Spain. he is worth at leas 2-3 times the money Arsenal are paying. He’ll be given a chance to impress but if it does not work out he’ll be sold. He has talent but his attitude problems are a big concern.

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