Video: Tottenham and Arsenal flops impressing in Spain

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They failed to make the grade in the Premier League but are making their mark in La Liga.

Two forwards, brought to North London in the mid-2000s but shipped to Spain after unsuccessful attempts at breaking into the Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur first-teams, are continuing their development in La Liga as Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos, both 24 and Mexican, begin the new season in style.

Vela spent seven seasons on the books at Arsenal but, for four years, played for other teams as Arsene Wenger loaned the winger out in an attempt to accelerate his credentials for a first-team place.

Sold in 2012 to Real Sociedad, Vela has embarked on a successful career, forged a 1:2 goals per game ratio, upped his assisting statistics and has continued that trait into the current campaign as he created his side's opening goal in their mid-week game versus Olympique Lyonnais.

Vela assisted Antoine Griezmann for a jaw-dropping bicycle-kicked volley, prior to Haris Seferovic supplying Sociedad their second to put the Spanish side in pole position for a passage into the Champions League proper.

Former Spur dos Santos, meanwhile, was sold to Mallorca in 2012 but was transferred to Villarreal after just one season. The Barcelona academy product made his debut this week, against Almeria, and it was one for the attacking midfielder to remember as he got himself on the score sheet.

Javier Aquino set up his international team-mate dos Santos for an 84th minute equaliser, before Gio played in Jonathan Pereira for the decisive 3-2 winner just two minutes later.

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