Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela says he never adapted to life in London.
The Mexican international has caused controversy back in his homeland following his decision to not go to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Leading figures such as former Real Madrid star Hugo Sanchez back Vela’s decision, but it’s fair to say that it’s is unlikely to see the former Gunner representing Mexico again anytime soon.
The 24-year-old striker joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, but as a result of an on-going work-permit issue he spent time in Spain on loan.
After being granted a work-permit, he returned to join up with the Gunners in 2008 where he remained for three years.
The majority of Vela’s performances came in the League Cup, and despite big things expected of him, he never adapted to the English game, saying as much in a recent interview:
“I never adapted to life in London, I wasn’t happy, I didn’t enjoy my day to day.”
As a result of the Mexican’s lack of appearances and general unhappiness, the forward admitted to believing that he wasn’t good enough, and that fellow Arsenal players were superior to him.
He continued: “A lot of things enter your mind, I thought I was just bad or that my fellow teammates were better than me.”
Since moving to Real Sociedad, Carlos Vela has adapted much better – flourishing in a wider position. In 21 La Liga starts, he has netted 10 goals and assisted a further 8 – notching over 50 key passes in the process.
Whether or not Carlos Vela would have eventually adapted to life in London is neither here nor there, but based on this season alone, he most definitely wasn’t inferior to some of his Arsenal colleagues.
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