Emirates bench warmer wanted by string of Spanish clubs.
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Arsenal Mexico international Carlos Vela is being chased by a string of La Liga clubs keen on taking the Emirates squad man to Spain.
Vela is arguably Arsene Wenger’s fifth-choice striker and he has not started a Premier League game yet this season despite the absence of Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, who have both been injured.
Vela was very much a long-term project for Wenger, who sent him out on loan for two years in Spain in order for the youngster to receive a work permit.
And his performances during spells at Celta Vigo, Salamanca and Osasuna suggested he could be a hit on his arrival in the Premier League. But, with just three goals in 29 top-flight appearances, Vela is yet to live up to his potential.
Now reports in Spain have revealed that Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid are all keen on doing a deal for the out-of-favour Mexican. (TalkSPORT)
If there is one thing that Carlos Vela will have learned from Arsene Wenger’s recent use of squad rotation then that is that he is not very high up on the club’s pecking order and the more clubs that come in for his services the more likely it seems he will look to make a move elsewhere.
Wenger made eight changes in his starting eleven for the Wigan match last night and Carlos Vela still ended up sat on the bench doing very little and after making just three Premier League starts in his entire time a the club a move to La Liga may well seem like the only way to progress his career.
Some sources appear to believe that Atletico Madrid may be the most likely destination for the Mexican international, if he does indeed move to the Vicente Calderon then he will join former Arsenal stars Fran Merida and Jose Antonio Reyes at the club.
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