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Should Wenger recall Carlos Vela?

The injury suffered by Eduardo is certain to have a detrimental effect on Arsenal's pursuit of trophies this season - if only in the limited options it provides Arsene Wenger.

Eduardo could play on the left of midfield as well as upfront, meaning that Tomas Rosicky's absence causes more problems.

Vela proved what a hit he will be for the Gunners next season with a goal and an assist in Osasuna’s 3-1 victory over Atlético Madrid yesterday.

There was less than a minute on the clock when Vela passed to Sola, whose shot gave Osasuna the lead and there was more to come with the Young Gunner getting on the scoresheet himself, firing in from 10 yards after just five minutes.

Fittingly, he overshadowed Jose Antonio Reyes, who now plies his trade at Atlético – but something tells me Vela isn’t going to suffer the same disappointing fate with Arsenal as Reyes did.

Expect to see Vela given an run next season at Emirates – and perhaps even at the expense of Rosicky who hasn’t enjoyed the best of success since joining from Dortmund.

Hugo Sanchez, once of Real Madrid and now coach of the Mexican national side, believes Vela is a star in the making and by this time next season, it’s possible he may be cutting through English defences rather than Spanish ones.

But wouldn't it be nice if Wenger took a bold step - I hasten to say, not a gamble - and brought the young Mexican back this month?

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Posted by David Alexander on February 25, 2008 3:44 PM in News
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Correct me if I am wrong but I thought we could not get Vela here until next season due to his VISA situation.

Posted by: Paull | February 25, 2008 11:30 PM

his visa came in January, and i personally would bring him back asap because he is versatile, and with constant problems on the left flank and now up front i think we can do with the Mexican starlet.

Posted by: gunnerkid | February 26, 2008 11:48 AM

I´m not too sure that he can play in Arsenal yet. I was still under the impression that his Visa was going to be ready early in the summer. Even if he had his Visa, I don't think its a good idea. I saw this kid play since he was a 15 year old down in Guadalajara (my nephew plays in the same club) He was a crack then and will be a huge star. Believe me, he is the Mexican Messi...he is that good. The Osasuna coach makes him play as a midfielder. But if he was let lose as a striker, he would destroy defenders even more than now. He is a Bullet with his speed and knowing that Arsenal is great at counter attacks. This kid would kill the opposition. But Its best to hold him in Osasuna for the next few months. He will gain experience, not feel that much presure of a big club and let him grow. So next season at Arsenal, he can blow up in the Premier League.

Posted by: Yair | February 26, 2008 3:34 PM

I've seen vela play ever since they won the U-17 world cup, and this kid is the real deal eveybody is talking about bojan and giovanni but clearly u can see the potential that carlos vela has and yes he should probably stay at osasuna cause he is growing more confident every game and by this time next year defenses in england will be having nightmares about this guy!!!

Posted by: victor | February 26, 2008 8:35 PM

I was hoping that le prof was going to bring vela back in the window, although i thought it would be a tad premature. i just, wanted to see him play with cesc, hleb etc. having watched his development in spain he looks like he could easily fit into the 'pacy flair forwad' shaped hole in the squad vacated by the unfortunate Eduardo's ankle bones. i don't think, in terms of ability and experience that he is too wet behind the ears for arsenal, after all, we've not exactly been shy about blooding youngsters early. look at cesc's first, 'first team' season when viera was injured. the only reason i would consider not bringing vela back to the emirites was if RVP was nearing full fitness, and when i say 'nearing full fitness' i mean 'not liable to recurrences of the same injuries' although with his luck i hardly think that's likely.

come home carlos!

Posted by: Rossutin | February 27, 2008 2:39 PM

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