Arsenal Ready for Shock January Bid for £8m Vela

Time to move on?

Carlos Vela Arsenal 2008/09

Arsenal striker Carlos Vela is a shock January transfer window target of Spanish basement boys Xerez.

Vela has failed to command a place in the Gunners starting XI since joining in 2005 and the Mexico forward is eager for first team football to aid his country’s World Cup challenge.

Vela had hoped for a regular berth in the Arsene Wenger’s side following the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor but has been unable to stake a claim after suffering an ankle injury early this season.

Since returning to fitness, the Mexico international has managed only one appearance for Arsenal this term – as a substitute in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over West Brom.
The 20-year-old, who has already had spells on loan in Spain at Salamanca and Osasuna, could be geared for another stint in La Liga with Xerez desperately needing a goalscorer to lift them off the foot of the table. (Sky Sports)

Having spent two successful seasons on loan to Spanish minnows Salamanca and Osasuna, Carlos Vela will have returned to Arsenal last summer hoping to crack the first team picture and whilst he has made good in roads in the last 18 months he is still seemingly not quite part of Arsene Wenger’s plans and at 20 years of age the £8m rated Mexican will have to consider his options and maybe he will believe his future may well be best served by moving from the Emirates.

Xerez could be as good a place to start as any, the newly promoted La Liga club hasn’t taken to well to life in the top flight. No goals and no points from their first four matches have left José Ziganda’a side to rock bottom and perhaps the challenge of being the big fish in this particular small pond club could entice him but it does seem more likely he may be keen on a loan move to the Spanish outfit, acting as a good stepping stone to a move to one of La Liga’s bigger boys.

I always enjoy watching Vela on the ball. He is a top notch attacker with great touch and a fantastic footballing brain but he is low down on our pecking order and the fact is that whilst I would love for him to stay he simply may not fully realize his potential at the club simply because there are a vast array of top notch players in front of him at the club.

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