Arsenal have declared interest in re-signing their former starlet Carlos Vela. The Mexican international, who is now with Real Sociedad, has impressed in his three seasons with the Spanish side, playing regular first team football either on the wing or in his more natural forward position, netting 36 goals in that period of time.
Vela had a seven-year association with the Gunners, playing much of his early Arsenal career out on loan in Spain with UD Salamanca and Osasuna after work permit issues prevented him from playing in the English league. He was later granted a permit and returned to North London, but despite scoring some key goals in cup competitions, he never fully established himself as a Premier League footballer. Before his move to Real Sociedad, he had a brief spell with West Bromwich Albion, where he netted twice in eight games for the Baggies.
Vela’s form and consistent performances for Sociedad has re-alerted his former boss Arsène Wenger, who sold Vela to the La Liga side in 2012 for £2.5 million. The deal included a clause in 25-year-old’s contract stating a buy-back option that allowed the North Londoners to re-sign him at the end of his contract for £3.25 million. Despite other clubs being interested in Vela’s services, you feel he may have unfinished business at The Emirates.
A low fee for a rejuvenated forward with a point to prove could be a shroud move for Wenger, who is known for his love of a bargain when he sees one. Nevertheless, I think we can all agree that Carlos Vela will not be touted as the player that will win Arsenal the league title next season, but will instead be seen as backup to Oliver Giroud and cover for wider positions.
Off the back of recently being crowned FA Cup winners, The Gunners will want to strengthen their squad by adding a few big names as they try to become more competitive in the Premier League and Champions League. There is no doubt that at least one, if not two strikers should be brought into the club, after heavily relying on Giroud for most of last season. Wenger will be in the market for a player that finds the back of the net on a regular basis, a proven and tested striker at the highest level. As we all know, these players aren’t seeds that grow on trees, or cheap for that matter.
After the £40 million and laughable one pence bid made to Liverpool for Luis Suarez last summer, you could suggest Arsenal have a little bit of money to spend, not to mention the big money signing of Mesut Özil on deadline day. The war chest is ready to be opened again this summer, if Wenger can bring himself out of his stubborn way and decide to dip into the pot.