When Arsenal allowed Mexican international striker Carlos Vela join Real Sociedad on a permanent deal last summer - we doubt they considered the scenario they have currently found themselves in a year on.
Yesterday, an injury ravaged Arsenal side were humbled at home by Aston Villa - leaving serious question marks over the clubs lack of transfer activity this summer.
But while just one player has arrived, French youth international Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, the club have let an astonishing 27 players go this summer - with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young set to increase that tally in the coming weeks.
But most of these players are fringe players - youngsters or experienced operators who have failed to make the grade - just like Vela was last year.
But Arsenal were left to rue their impatience on Vela last season, as he fired Real Sociedad into an unlikely Champions League spot in La Liga.
It was such impressive form that The Gunners were even reported to be considering utilising a buy-back clause in his deal at San Sebastian - but Vela made it clear he was going nowhere.
He scored 14 goals in 38 appearances for the Basque club last season, and also added nine assists to that tally.
And this season, after dismissing the interest from Arsenal, he has picked up where he left off. His superb deft chip over the advancing goalkeeper and assist for Haris Seferovic was enough to secure a 2-0 opening day victory over Getafe this Saturday.
Arsenal could have done with him yesterday - where their sluggish current crop were outplayed by Aston Villa, despite how you feel about the refereeing decisions on show.
Now Vela will hope to give Sociedad one foot in the Champions League Group Stage, by starring against Lyon in midweek.
Can Vela have just as good a season as last year in 2013-14?
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