Joel Campbell treatment shows why 20 goal star's Arsenal snub was right decision

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Carlos Vela was strongly linked with an Arsenal return this summer, but it's likely he would have struggled for game time.

Arsenal were strongly linked with re-signing Carlos Vela in the summer, as a drawn out saga played out over his Real Sociedad future.

The Metro even claimed a deal to sign the Mexican had been confirmed, but instead the agreement between Arsenal and Sociedad was for the La Liga side to buy out the buy-back clause Arsenal could have exercised.

Vela, who struck 20 goals last season, made his sixth appearance of the season last night for Sociedad, helping them to a 1-1 draw with Valencia.

The travails of Joel Campbell at Arsenal so far this season, suggest it was the right decision for Vela to stay in Spain.

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In the opening six games of the Premier League season so far, Campbell has come off the bench only once, and played only 16 minutes. 

He was given a run out in the Capital One Cup defeat in midweek, but again overlooked for the following Premier League game, and Arsenal's elimination from the competition throws a question out as to when his next start may come.

It's a difficult scenario for the Costa Rica international who shone at the World Cup, and thought after three years out on loan he would get more opportunities in the side - especially with Theo Walcott out injured.

Vela plays in a similar position to Campbell, capable of playing on the right wing or up front, and he would too likely have found his own chances restricted had he moved to The Emirates.

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