After weeks with their fingers hovering over the publish button, the team at Arsenal.com have finally confirmed that Carlos Vela has left the club.
The Mexican international, who signed for the Gunners way back in 2005, has signed a permanent deal with La Liga side Real Sociedad for whom he impressed on loan last season.
Tipped for big things when he arrived at the Emirates (Highbury?) the 23-year-old only managed to squeeze in 63 appearances for the Gunners betwixt spells with Salamanca, Osasuna, West Bromwich Albion and his new employers.
A player of undoubted skill, he struggled to ever make a serious impression on the first team although his canny chipping skills did excite the crowds during numerous Carling Cup cameos.
The occasional dinked finish aside, he’s likely to be more remembered for his disciplinary problems at international level (partying with vice girls and transsexuals anybody?) and for causing a swine flu scare at London Colney back in 2009.
Arseblog News wishes him the best with his career in Spain.