Carlos Vela has recently admitted that his time at the Emirates may come to an end this summer, but remains unsure where he’ll be playing his football next season…The Mexican striker has openly stated that he does not want to return to Arsenal when his current loan spell expires at Sociedad.
And the expectation has been that Vela’s loan spell will become permanent at the end of the season, given his impact with the club.
The Mexico international moved to Real Sociedad in a loan move at the start of the season and, despite seeing his new club sitting in the bottom half of La Liga table, the Arsenal man has been playing some of his best football to date.
Vela endured several frustrating seasons under Arsene Wenger, including various unsuccessful loan moves with the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Osasuna. However, the 23-year-old seems to have finally settled down at Sociedad, scoring an impressive 11 goals in 31 appearances this term.
With the likes of Robin van Persie in blistering form, Wenger has opted to play just one striker up top this season. And if you also consider that the Arsenal manager has the likes of Gervinho, Chamakh and possibly Lukas Podolski fighting for places next season, securing game time for the young Mexican looks unlikely.
Despite being apparently keen on a move away from the Emirates, Vela remains undecided on whether or not he wishes to continue for another season with Sociedad.
Vela told Marca, as reported by Talksport: “If you ask me if I’m right here, I reply that ‘I am very well and very happy’ but if you ask me if I’m staying, I will say ‘that may or may not be the case.’
“Wenger has the final decision. If you say that I will be sold, we will look for options. If you say that I will stay, I will fight with him to let me go, because my intention is not to return.
“What I want is the team to be safe from relegation as soon as possible and we can finish as high as possible in qualifying.
“But on a personal level, the truth is I’m having a very good time. In this season I have scored the most goals and I’m getting it for the work I’m putting in, from the help of my peers and from being happy in my day to day life. There are some very good factors here and that makes you think about wanting to stay.”
The young Mexican has already been capped 35 times for his country, scoring an impressive nine goals to date.
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