Carlos Vela looks set to join Real Sociedad on loan, according to Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo.
The Mexican international has struggled to secure a regular starting berth at the Emirates since signing for the Gunners six years ago and will now move to the Primera Division outfit for the season.
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.
Despite flashes of genius on the ball, and regularly demonstrating his trademark chip finish in friendly matches, the 22-year-old has always sat behind the likes of Bendtner, Chamakh, Walcott and Arshavin in the pecking order.
Having been loaned to West Bromwich Albion in January and with Arsene Wenger adding Ryo Miyaichi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell to his first team squad this summer, it would appear that Vela’s return to the Iberian Peninsula could pre-empt a permanent switch next summer should he impress his new employers.