Arsenal transfer target wants Premier League playing time

Carlos Vela may be open to an Emirates return, but things must be done in a "different way" at the club where he got limited first-team chances.

Gunners fans hoping to see Carlos Vela make a sensational return to the Emirates have been granted fresh hope after quotes attributed to the Mexican forward appeared to suggest he would be open to the move.

The 25-year-old was rumoured to be close to a return to the north London club last week, with reports claiming that Arsenal were all set to exercise a clause in the forward’s Real Sociedad contract that would allow the player to move back to the Gunners for just £3.2 million.

This speculation follows a season in which the Mexican has yet again impressed in La Liga, scoring 21 goals in all competitions as La Real secured Europa League football for next term.

But with the Premier League outfit offering the opportunity at competing in the Champions League with a club he first joined back in 2005, Vela may be open to the move, though only if certain assurances are made.

Speaking in an interview with El Diario Vasco, which was translated by ESPN, Vela outlined why he first left the club he joined as a 17-year-old and what would need to be in place for his to make a return.

"I did not have as many chances as I wanted and I had to try something new," he said of his time with the Gunners.

"If I have to return to London I will do things in a different way. What happened in the past will not be repeated."

Vela should have plenty of time to mull over any offer though, having been left out of Mexico’s plans for the World Cup following a difficult period with the national team in which the striker was declared not mentally ready for the finals in Brazil.

A successful spell with Arsenal, however, could see El Tricolor rethinking that decision.

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