In a rather unsurprising turn of events, intermittently underwhelming and then overwhelming, formerly teenage, chip-happy, Mexican strike sensation(!) Carlos Vela has decided he doesn’t want to come back to Arsenal from his loan spell at Real Sociedad.
“I would stay at Real,” Vela told El Diario Vasco. “I am happy and the people support me. I owe Arsenal affection and gratitude for the opportunity that they gave me, but I was not happy there and this affected my work.
“It was hard day to day and, when it came to training, I was thinking about going home. Here, however, I am happy and have made good friends.”
Regarding staying at Sociedad, Vela added: “It is too early to talk about these issues, but I do not close the door to Real. But, if you cannot reach an agreement with Arsenal, you cannot do anything.
“As I said, I’m happy here and would like to help the team stay up. Then we’ll see what happens in the summer. Right now, we cannot do anything even if we wanted to.”
Vela’s form has (somewhat) picked up of late… he’s scored 3 goals in his last 9 games (as opposed to 0 in the 9 games before that), including one against Barcelona, and this stupendous bicycle kick in a 3-2 win over Malaga.
The Mexican’s performances for Arsenal never quite lived up to his early promise. Apart from questions over his lifestyle and commitment, his performances over the last year and a half were quite ineffective. Like Eduardo before him, he offered very little in a front three, and failed to take whatever chances came to him.
His departure in the summer went relatively unnoticed… so much so that when a rather chunky Andre Santos (who also enjoys a chip or two) showed up on deadline day wearing #11, a lot of people just assumed he’d eaten little Carlos and taken his shirt.