Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela is looking ahead to the match against Manchester United, and feels he is a changed player since his days at Arsenal. The Mexican spent seven years at Arsenal, making only a handful of appearances during that time, and was often sent out on loan to gain some experience. His last loan spell from the Gunners was to Real Sociedad and he has not looked back since that move.
In the 2011-2012 season, Carlos Vela scored 12 goals for the Spanish side, and in the summer of 2012 secured a permanent transfer to Sociedad for around £4 million. He scored a further 14 goals that season, and now seems to be fulfilling the potential which was once promised at Arsenal. He only made three Premier League starts whilst at Arsenal with the majority of his appearances coming in cup games.
Vela believes Robin Van Persie is the best striker in the world and is thankful for everything that he learned from the Dutchman during their time together at Arsenal. Ahead of his sides game against Manchester United, Vela said "If I was missing something in my game he'd speak to me and give me advice and I'm grateful for that". He believes due to the game time he has got at his current club he has progressed immensely since his time in England. "I've grown in every way and am a much better player than I was at Arsenal. When you're playing week in, week out, your confidence, your motivation is different and that's when you're prepared to risk trying new things and I've managed to get the best out of myself".
A lot of players and teams in Spain have now seen the true ability of Carlos Vela, and on Wednesday he may well show his former teammate Robin Van Persie and the rest of England just how good he has become. Vela along with Xabi Prieto and Antoine Griezmann all have the ability to hurt the Red Devils. Fans in Old Trafford will be expecting a win on Wednesday and will be particularly aggrieved if it is a former Gunner who stops them from doing so.