It has been reported that Arsenal are interested in re-signing Carlos Vela from the Spanish club Real Sociedad.
Vela already played for the Gunners from 2008 until 2011 but didn’t manage to convince Wenger and the fans during this time.
However, in the last three years at Sociedad he has showed his real potential. He scored 42 goals in three seasons which is a very good result when you consider that Sociedad isn’t constantly one of the top teams in La Liga.
It seems as if Vela has really developed in Spain and now might be ready to perform at a big team like Arsenal again. He is only 25-years-old and therefore would be at the perfect age and in the perfect form to join the Gunners.
There is a risk though that his second time in London could also be a failure. In an interview with the Mexican magazine Life & Style five months ago he compared his time in Spain to his time in England.
“It was a radical change because I was three years in London, a big city with a lot of traffic, another language and culture. I didn’t adapt there and I wasn’t happy, it wasn’t my place. I was there for three years, I tried. Because of my work I had to stand it there. When I had the chance to come to Spain I didn’t hesitate.”
Has Vela meanwhile changed his opinion about life in England? Were five months really enough for that?
Vela has a reputation in his home country Mexico for being very proud and sensitive. When in September 2010 the former Mexican national coach de la Torre suspended him from the national team for six months for organising a hotel party with unknown women in the team hotel after a match against Colombia, he never got over that decision and eventually decided not to play for the national team anymore. In fact his last appearance for El Tri was in March 2011 against Venezuela.
For his career it might be the right decision to go back to Arsenal but there is a big question mark if he will adapt better to the circumstances there this time. In the same interview he praised his quiet life in San Sebastian.
“What I like a lot here is that the people respect your life. I can walk calmly on the street, eat at any place and nobody is bothering me. There are no photographs, there are no paparazzis.”
If he’s looking for that then London might not be the best place for him. The big question is if his sporting perspective is more important to him than his current life style. These statements put that in question and Arsene Wenger should be aware of that before signing Vela again.