Carlos Vela will be playing for Arsenal once again next season, after Real Sociedad confirmed that they had been told by the Gunners that they are re-signing him.
According to the Daily Express Sociedad chief Jokin Aperribay has revealed that he has been informed that Arsene Wenger will be activating the buy-black clause in Vela’s contract, which stands at £3.2million, so that he can return to the Emirates and provide Olivier Giroud competition for a first-team place. The Mexican international has proven to be a hit in Spain since leaving the Premier League back in 2011, and his reputation as a prolific goalscorer has captured the attention of some of Europe’s elite.
Of course Wenger’s primary concern for some time now has been the acquisition of another striker this summer, and whilst fans may have been readying themselves for protracted pursuits for the likes of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or QPR’s Loic Remy, the Gunners boss has decided to move both early and decisively in order to get his man.
Aperribay seemed to confirm the news that Vela was going to be having another crack at things in England’s top flight, when he said: “Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season."
At 25 Vela still has plenty of time left with which to endear himself to the fans in north London, despite the fact that he wasn’t a raving success the first time around. His 16 goals and 12 assists in 34 appearances for Sociedad last term will give supporters hope that he can propel Arsenal to more trophies following their F.A Cup triumph against Hull City.
Indeed, Wenger is said to be concentrating on ensuring that his squad is well and truly ready to compete on all fronts in the upcoming campaign, and it’s believed that he has as much as £100million with which to conduct his business. With it only costing a mooted £3.2million to land Vela the Frenchman can now turn to the other areas which need addressing, and perhaps get a jump on his rivals by way of getting his business done and dusted before pre-season training begins following the World Cup.
The departure of Bacary Sagna is a cause for concern, as is the lack a strong goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for his position between the sticks. For now though at least the Gunners faithful can be thankful that Giroud will have more than just Nicklas Bendtner and the green-gilled Yaya Sanogo for company up top.