Arsenal latest: Vela 'keen to stay' at Sociedad; Giroud admits striker need

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Arsenal have activated the buy-back clause they have in the contract of Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela - however that does not mean he will be on his way to The Emirates.

Despite admitting that The Gunners were ready to snap him up, the Sociedad president is still confident his player will remain at the club.

The Mexican, who has of course previously played for Arsenal, recently admitted he was no longer averse to returning to London - but Jokin Apperibay says he will remain in San Sebastian:

"We are fortunate that the player is keen to stay in San Sebastian with us and that's an important factor for Real Sociedad."

Olivier Giroud understands that he will be have to fight for his place up front next season. The Frenchman has been a regular this season - but recognises that the club need to sign a new striker to add depth to the side.

But he is not scared of a little competition:

"I can tell you Arsenal will add a striker to the team. We need another striker. Great clubs have several good strikers, who compete with each other."

Alisher Usmanov could increase his share in the club. The controversial 30% shareholder has been vocal in his discontent at the running of Stan Kroenke, the club's majority shareholder, but he has spoken of his content at the club, despite ambitions to become more involved:

"Many people ask me why I bought my stake in Arsenal, rather than spending the money on Russian football. The fact is, I invest millions in Russian sport each year - an amount far in excess of my Arsenal investment. I am fine with the size of the stake I have in Arsenal now, but I'm always ready to increase it..."

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