Former Arsenal forward Vela dismisses a return to England

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Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela has appeared to rule out a return to the Emirates, insisting he is happy in Spain.

The Real Sociedad star has been in fine form this season, scoring 21 goals and making 14 assists in all competitions and, subsequently, catching the eye of his former club Arsenal, according to recent reports.

The Gunners included a buyback clause in the deal that saw the Mexican international leave the North London club in 2012 after several loan spells in England and Spain, thought to be £3 million, which would represent a significant bargain for manager Arsene Wenger.

However, the 25-year-old has now poured cold water on the rumours he is open to a return, insisting he is happy in Spain and would prefer to remain there.

"I never felt comfortable in London and I never enjoyed it, however, when I got to Sociedad, I found a place where I was very happy, where I’m enjoying myself every day,” he explained.

"The English game is very straightforward. Here, the difference is that there are more touches of the ball and that benefits me."

The winger failed to genuinely cement his place in the first team at Arsenal where he made 29 appearances and scored just three goals across the six years he spent in North London.

Vela would represent a quality and economical signing for the Gunners but it seems his heart is simply not in it – the Mexican was criticised during his time in England for an apparent lack of focus. For instance he was sold on shortly after losing his passport - which resulted in him being dropped by the manager from the squad for a crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona in April 2010.

The former academy protégé, the club originally acquired as a 16-year-old from Guadalajara for a fee of around £550,000 in 2005,  was sold on to Real Sociedad after a loan spell there for €3 million and it seems he is keen to stay there. If that is indeed the case, maybe he may want to forget his passport once again this summer.

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