Arsenal’s former striker Carlos Vela has reportedly refused to close the door on a return to the Emirates. The Mexican striker left the Gunners for Real Sociedad in 2012 after spending the previous season on loan at San Sebastian. The transfer was worth 3 million Euros but Arsene Wenger was not sure if he was right letting Vela go, so he inserted a 4 million Euros buy back clause in the sale. The move has worked out for the 25-year has now scored 40 La Liga goals for Sociedad.
As Arsenal continue the search for a striker, Vela’s name has been mentioned as an easy option, especially with his previous experience with the club. The forward, who can also play on the left recently said: ‘I’ve always said that I’m very happy here, but we’ll have to see if there’s an agreement reached or not…’
‘I’m in a place where I’m happy at the moment, don’t have any intentions of moving on, but if the time comes to leave, I think I’m prepared to try other things. I’ve matured, I’ve changed my way of thinking and I’ve not closed my mind to anything.’
Vela then spoke about the release clauses in his contract and hinted that although other clubs are interested in his services, he wouldn’t mind a return to Arsenal or to another Barclays Premier League team for that matter.
‘One possibility is my clause of 30 million Euros, but there’s other options and we’re looking at that, to see what we can and can’t do. Arsenal can come back for me at 4 million Euros at any time, which is 1 million Euros more than Real Sociedad paid. I look at things differently these days and I won’t close the door on Arsenal, or any team in England. I think I’m better prepared to play in another country now.
The forward moved to England in 2005 before going on a series of loans including Salamance, Osasuna and West Bromwich Albion. Carlos Vela is having a good season in Spain. The former Guadalajara youth product has scored 19 goals across all competions for Real; Sociedad this term. He has appeared for his country’s national team 35 times, scoring 9 goals.
Surely Wenger must bring him back if only as a replacement for Nicklas Bendtner. He’s twice as good and can actually score goals. But the fact is that it makes economic sense because even if Wenger keeps him for a year, he’ll make a massive profit on his 4m euros!