Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Arsenal confirm Carlos Vela loan switch

Arsenal have confirmed that Carlos Vela will spend the year on loan with Spanish side Real Sociedad.

The Mexican striker, who spent the second half of last season with Roy Hodgson’s West Bromwich Albion, scored twice for the Gunners during the club’s pre-season friendly matches.  However, despite looking slimmer and sharper than usual the 22-year-old seems not to have convinced Arsene Wenger to retain his services.

Tipped to have a bright future in North London, having won the Golden Boot at the under-17 World Cup in 2005, Vela spent two seasons on loan in Spain with Salamanca and Osasuna before gaining a work permit and making an exciting impact in the Carling Cup campaign of 2008-09. This fourth loan spell now looks likely to pre-empt a permanent move away from the club  with new arrivals Joel Campbell and Ryo Miyaichi already filling his spot in the first team squad.

Vela is joined in Spain by Pedro Botelho after the Brazilian full-back sealed a deal with newly promoted La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano. Not yet eligible for a work permit, the return to the Iberian peninsula will be the fourth  loan spell for Botelho.  The 21-year-old has already racked up spells with Salamanca, Celta Vigo and Cartegena.

Having seen captain Cesc Fabregas finalise a move to Barcelona yesterday and with Emmanuel Eboue signing for Turkish giants this afternoon, Arsene Wenger appears hell bent on trimming his squad ahead of potential new arrivals. Whether those arrivals have been born yet, remains to be seen.

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Sad. I would have loved to see Carlos Do well at Arsenal.
Maybe a successful loan spell would change Wengers mind….
But Carlos himself must be growing increasingly frustrated and impatient at the luk of trust Wenger puts in him.


Carlos Vela is good at scoring chipped goals yes


“Whether those arrivals have been born yet,” Genius.




“Whether those arrivals have been born yet, remains to be seen.”-absolutely priceless statement,love it to bits .Eboue gone is good,so also is Vela.I will daresay dat nt replacing Cesc will be ABSOLUTELY SUICIDAL by Wenger,so il go out on a limb and say dat he will def buy a replacement.


hahahahaha great finish!!

Hope Vela does well as it would be a win win for us; we’ll either end up selling him or have him back rejuvenated


I agree, there seem to be a lot of movement with the only real option being signing a number of new players. That’s good news.

Belfast Gooner

Yet another player with ‘huge potential’ leaves on a whim. How many more times will we have to wait on supposedly huge potential flourish? It’s now getting old buying young and never seeing players develop into world class performers. Surely now it is time to buck the trend and buy experienced performers to consolidate our team. Project youth must now surely dead and buried. It’s time for a change of philosophy.


yes the master of the chip shot needs his p45 as many have said b4 he only plays well when we already have a comfortable lead or its the carling cup


I think it’s more about cutting the wage bill to cover the playersww have already brought in and less about players that are due to arrive I believe the reason we have bought no one significant so far is more about wenger waiting to see if we qualify to knock out stages

Ejiro Esiri

oh my vela


Pathetic! We sell, don’t buy then loan the ones who could get their opportunities. That’s why the likes of Ryo will never make it. Don’t sign for arsenal if you have a promising future


This seems smart. Arsene knows when to give up on someone. Who knows, maybe he’ll grow up over there and score twenty for us next year. Strikers bloom later, and he’s got world elite talent.


Not really true that. Look at Anelka, brilliant at 18. Look at Michael Owen, brilliant at 16-17 (now shite). Just depends on the player.
Would be nice to see Vela make it in an Arsenal shirt, but he just seems to be doomed to never quite getting there, probably due to his attitude. Isn’t he meant to be lazy in training etc?

Charlies Old Man

What a load of parsimonious clap trap you all come out with. As Freddie would say he’s fuckin useless.


Arsene Wenger appears hell bent on trimming his squad ahead of potential new arrivals. 1 to 12 million pound; Whether those arrivals have been born yet, Priceless….. lol that’s funny.

Optimistically Giddy Chris

Shame, I thought he looking sharp when I saw him preseason. He definitely played with some verve and was eager to score. Maybe this loan is make or break for. He might come back a much better goal machine. He might come back fat. Time will tell. In kids we trust.


So what players do we actually have left? We’ll need a whole new team at this rate!


Belfast Gooner, not to say that I don’t support the requirement of experienced players but to ans your Q on waiting for huge potential to flourish – Cesc, Wilshere, Clichy, Song, Szczesny, Walcott. Going back in time – Cole, RVP, Henry, Viera, Anelka – all of them were only ‘potentials’ when they joined Arsenal.

By it’s nature, youth proj was always going to end up with most of the them were going to be moved on. Our problem is going to be the ability to retain the ones we choose like – Nasri

micky readman

only way you find out about players abilty at the top leevl is to throw them in at the deep end…….wenger hasnt done that with carlos for me and if he lets him go next season i think it will come back to haunt him….

i personally think wenger should have gave eduardo another season to get his confidence back.


Looks like we’re finally getting the busy summer we were promised.

Any more dead wood stacked behind the shed? Diaby looks set to stay for another year, so just Nicky B left for the ritual purging bonfire?


Finally we clearing out the deadwood. I hopefully Vela comes back from his loan has an improved player


I remember when Vela was hailed as the next Henry LOL

Graham Atkinson

I would still like to see Bendtner stay rather than Vela. But then AW needs to play him in the correct position. Whoever ends up with Bendtner on their books has a rough diamond! Lots of potential.

Little goon

Before the 2 bob cup final bendtner said one day he would go on to be the best player in the world uhm!big statement nick.if u can get rid then get rid arsene and treat all us unhappy gooners to another unknown from one of the french leagues


Well vela is a good player but hope this loan help vela to be a good player at arsenal because we really need players with this potential

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