The ONE former Gunner who Arsenal should re-sign

Arsenal are searching for a striker to support Olivier Giroud in January – could a former Gunner be the best option?

Following Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis' comments at the weekend where he said Arsenal must sign another striker to relieve Olivier Giroud of some of the workload, Gunners fans will be expecting a big name forward to join Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium.

Real Madrid's French international Karim Benzema remains a much-rumoured target for Arsene Wenger, but could he sign a player for the second time in order to boost his frontline?

Mexican forward Carlos Vela has rebuilt his career with Real Sociedad after a disappointing stay with Arsenal, where he scored just 11 goals in 62 games, but the 24 year old admitted that there was a chance of a return to the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners inserting a buy-back clause in to his contract.

'Yes they [Arsenal] have the option. Every summer they can take the buy option. But for the moment it is difficult. They are good now, I am good now. I don't think it is the best moment to go back to Arsenal.' When asked if Vela could move back to North London in the future, he replied by saying “Maybe”, hinting at a comeback.

The rumoured fee is believed to be around £4m, which would be a bargain considering how well Vela has performed in La Liga and how much a player of similar quality would cost. Vela has hit 30 goals in just 89 appearances for Sociedad, whilst also contributing assists, and ability to play as a wide man or as a central striker would give Wenger great options up front, with the addition of some versatility vital as Arsenal look to clinch the title.

Those ambitions of winning the Premier League could convince Vela that now is in fact the right time to return to the club, with optimism and expectations high. The time away from Arsenal has allowed Vela to achieve regular first team football and develop into a better player, and Arsenal should put their faith in him and bring him back – after all, he can't possibly be a worse option than Nicklas Bendtner? Can he?

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