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Carlos Vela talks of ambition to succeed at Arsenal


Any doubts among us that Mexican teenager Carlos Vela will not come to London have been swept aside after the player himself revealed he wants to emulate Cesc Fabregas by making a name for himself with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger bought Vela last year, but because of work permit restrictions, the striker has been forced to play the first two seasons of his European career in Spain - first with Salamanca and now with La Liga outfit Osasuna.

Speaking exclusively to Setanta Sports, Carlos said, “My objective is to be a world icon like Cesc Fabregas, to learn thanks to Arsene Wenger, and to impose myself at Emirates Stadium.”

Describing his relationship with Wenger as “good”, Vela admitted, “I don’t know if he wants to watch me play in La Liga and then make me return to Arsenal, just ask him. I live day by day. Today I am just focused on doing well for Osasuna.

“I want to do well in order to benefit from the chance I am given to play in La Liga. I don’t know if I am going to stay for more than one season.”

Vela is learning to speak English, but is focussing on cementing his place in the Osasuna team while he remains on loan and, to that end, has already notched up two appearaces for the Pamplona club...

“They are a solid team in La Liga that have experienced strikers and where I will be given the chance to prove myself,” noted Vela. “The team is young and I will be given the chance to improve. There is a lot of competition. At such a level, the best player will play and the one that will not work enough will remain in the stands. As soon as I arrived I felt like I was part of the team.”

The 18-year-old first came to prominence when he was in Mexico’s youth team, which he skippered to win the 2005 Under-17 World Cup, picking up the award for the tournament’s best player as he did so.

Wenger stepped in with a five-year contract and is remaining patient while the Mexican starlet’s visa paperwork is sorted out. In the meantime, Vela has been promoted through the ranks to Mexico’s full national squad and has already featured for his country in games against Panama and Brazil.

That experience will benefit both Carlos and Arsenal when he hopefully arrives at Emirates Stadium next year.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on October 5, 2007 2:00 PM in News| Players
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