When Arsenal flogged Mexican international forward Carlos Vela last summer I guarantee that not many of their fans expected to see his name linked with a potential return to the club.
His move to Real Sociedad for a fee believed to be in the region of £3.5 million came after failing to make the grade in North London over a seven year period from 2005 and after a successful loan-spell in San Sebastian in 2011-12 the Basque side decided to take the plunge and bring him in permanently.
It turned out to be an excellent signing. Vela bagged 14 goals and 12 assists from 37 games for Txuri-Urdin last season; helping them to a surprised fourth placed finish and subsequent Champions League campaign next season.
However whether Vela would be a part of that expedition has long been the subject of discussion; as Arsenal have the option to buy back the player this summer.
It is believed that the Gunners have a clause in place that will see any offer of €4.2 million automatically instigating a return to The Emirates for the 24-year-old.
Vela himself has made his feelings on the matter more than clear. He is not interested in a move back to London where he claims to ‘have no happy memories’ and his agent confirmed this stance earlier in the month:
"I had a chat with the people at La Real after the game where they sealed their qualification for the Champions League. They told me they are very happy with Carlos and that they want to keep him, despite Arsenal's buy-back option. I am sure that we will see Carlos there, although this will not end until August."
And now it is being reported that Arsenal themselves are more than happy to let this former player go.
According to Real Sociedad expert Mikel Encinas of the Spanish source Mundo Deportivo the Premier Legue outfit have made no approach for their former player and one is not expected to arrive before the buy-back clause expires on August 10th.
Vela will therefore be a Sociedad player next season and complete his dream of attempting to get them into the Champions League proper; with a potential meeting with Arsenal awaiting in the third qualifying round.
Then he might get his opportunity to show the Gunners what they are missing out on.
Should Arsenal have given Vela more of a chance? Or as he found the perfect team?
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