Carlos Vela to 'snub' Arsenal return

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Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has a better strike rate for his new side than either of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Carlos Vela left Arsenal for Real Sociedad last summer for a fee of just over £4 million, and this week he has quashed reports he may leave the club and return to North London.

He told Marca: "I've never regretted signing for Real and the results prove me right."

"After being here for a year and knowing what my teammates are like on and off the pitch, it makes it easier to decide whether to stay or go to a new team, where you don't know what's going to happen. The team has proven that it is very good, that we have excellent players and we can compete with anyone."

Interestingly he has a better strike rate for his new side in La Liga than either of the strikers that joined the Gunners last summer; Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Of course, those two players were signed to replace Robin Van Persie who went to Manchester United and accumulatively, they have scored a similar number of goals to the Dutchman.

However, it’s turned out to be a bad decision letting their Mexican star leave the club. Vela has bagged 11 goals in 21 league starts for the side which is a better rate than Podolski (eight in 24 games) and Giroud (nine in 26 games).

It leads the mind into wondering whether Arsenal would be in a better position had they retained Vela instead of selling him at the end of last season.

The home stats would certainly suggest not as no other side has scored more Premier League goals at home this season than the Gunners.

However, Vela could have made an impact for the team playing away from home. His stature at the club was never big enough to guarantee him starts but he could have come off the bench in games as an impact player.

Arsenal have scored only 17 goals away from home this season which is only one more than Wigan Athletic, currently just above the bottom three places.

Vela always had potential at Arsenal and he was maybe a victim of the pressure which seems to grow around the club on an almost weekly basis.

There was a pressure for Arsenal to guarantee goals which gives any side a better chance of translating that into success. Unfortunately, Vela’s strike rate was never quite good enough to guarantee him starts.

He’s still only a very young man and if he maintains the form he has been showing at Real Sociedad then Arsenal could do a lot worse than re-signing him at some point in the future.

He’s proven the club wrong… so far.

Arsenal fans, would you welcome him back?

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