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.