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Vela Making His Mark

Arsenal super-kid Carlos Vela is showing why Arsene Wenger snapped him up aged just 16, knowing he'd have to wait at least two years to bring the youngster to Arsenal.

Wenger snapped him up in 2005 after he impressed in the Under-17 World Cup. He played a pivitol role in the defeat of Brazil in the final, and finished the tournaments top scorer with five goals.

At the time some of the worlds biggest clubs were after him - as were Spurs. Real Madrid, AC Milan, Manchester United and Chelsea are all known to have shown an interest in him. But it was Arsenal who won the race to sign him. Arsene Wenger paid over £2Million for Vela, and sent him straight out on loan to Celta Vigo. However, they had a full quota of non-Eu players, so he was sent Spanish Second Division side Salamanca where he made 31 apperances and scored 8 goals.

Arsenal applied for a work permit for him in the summer of 2007, but that was rejected, so Arsene Wenger was forced to send him out on loan again. This time he was sent to Spanish Primera Division side Osasuna.

It's since his arrival at Osasuna that he has really impressed. He's shown his versatility by playing on both wings as well as a second striker.

His performance against Real Madrid before Christmas was one of outstnading quality. He gave Sergio Ramos a torrid time for the entire game, and although he didn't get on the score sheet, he was one of the best players on the pitch.

His performances have also caught the eye of Spanish Football expert Guillem Balague. The Sky Sports pundit spoke of him in his column. 'Osasuna are worth watching for Carlos Vela alone,' said Balague.

'Of course, he belongs to Arsenal and he is on loan to Osasuna for the season and he's playing really well at the moment.

'He scored a fantastic goal at the weekend and made Sergio Ramos look very mediocre when Osasuna played Real Madrid before Christmas.'

He's not the only man to have praised Vela this season. Back in December Arsene Wenger had some words of praise for the Mexican international. He told 'He has what we like here at Arsenal.

'He is a good passer of the ball and a finisher. He has that intelligent movement with very good technique and great pace.'

Has that got your mouth watering? Next season already looks like it's going to be an exciting one.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2008

Time: 8:39PM

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another home grown product then who'll benefit the national side :-)
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26/01/2008 21:01:00

Spot on merlin, it will benefit the Mexican national side alot.
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26/01/2008 21:18:00

who gives a toss about England? I am beginning to really dislike my homeland. many people do - why do you think thousands of people emmigrate every year? I feel no pride for England these days. its all chavs and knife crime and overpaid *****s playing for our national side.
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26/01/2008 21:29:00

And Merlin you think benefiting the national side's Arsene Wenger's job?
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:30:00

Gazzap, yeah and look at the cabinet in yet another episode of soap opera. That's England.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:31:00

And Merlin, I don't know what you're talking about in terms of Arsenal not chipping in with English players when you have an Italian manager with an entire backroom staff of Italians.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:33:00

so, if arsenal didnt raise young mexicans, they wouldnt raise themselves into great footballers, then there would be no contest at world cups! the premier league (as i see it) is an INTERNATIONAL league, demonstrating the best talents from all over the world. and just so long as the PL has the best football, ill keep watching. errm, anyway, sounds like an intresting prospect, cant wait to see him in the premiership!
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26/01/2008 21:34:00

Pompeycarpet, thanks, but I guess you/we're wasting your breath/typing cos there are people who still live in their small English village. As if they Chelsea fans didn't need Drogba or Essien or Cech. Now they're even relying on Ballack who they were still dismissing as a useless, expensive flop just a few weeks back.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:40:00

Oh, and who's scored one goal and made another for Chelsea today? A French guy called Anelka who made his name where? At Arsenal uncovered by whom? A guy called Arsene Wenger. Hardly anything beneficial to their Italian-managed national side either.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:44:00

Speaking of youngsters, Jay Simpson scored one for Millwall today though they still lost against "Mighty Cup Wizards" Coventry.
Lou the Gunneress
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26/01/2008 21:50:00

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26/01/2008 21:51:00

You can see Vela playing against Sevilla at the moment on SS1. A pretty quiet first half from him so far. That's the problem with teenage talent - hype them up too much at an early age and the inevitable indifferent run leads to "Can he make it at Arsenal?" threads.
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26/01/2008 21:54:00

well i'm watching it on the internet and i don't think he has touched the ball!
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26/01/2008 22:13:00

Vela is total class. he is very involved in the game and stands out a mile above the other Osasuna players. villachap if you cant see vela I suggest either you are blind or stupid (or both). give up watching football its not your sport mate. you might see him a bit closer when he scores against you next season.
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26/01/2008 22:29:00

he reminds me of Reyes, the way he plays.
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26/01/2008 22:40:00

I am sure Vela is a class player and he has put in good performances in a number of games. That's why Wenger has signed him. On the basis of tonights performance though he was pretty ineffective and was subbed before the end of the game. Certainly he wasn't the best Osasuna player . You don't judge teenage players on one game though - or even one season for that matter. Therein lies the danger. Hyping up young talent to raise expectations to unreasonable levels just creates the sort of pressure that makes it more difficult for them to develop into the class players they could become.
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26/01/2008 23:14:00

not everyone can buy homegrown talent like Ivanovic and Di Santo merlin.
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27/01/2008 09:29:00

The future of Mexico: Dos Santos(Barca), Vela(Arsenal) and Guardado(Deportivo)... If Deportivo really gets relegated then we could get the third dude...
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27/01/2008 10:11:00

Didn't see the game, but watched teh clips of Vela v Real MAdrid and was very impressed. WHat a prospect he looks. I just hope he's not overhyped in the way Theo was, because i honestly feel that if it were not for the media circus and world cup fiasco, Theo would be shining brighter. In any event, Vela looks a natural talent. He may be the winger that i feel we are missing.
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27/01/2008 13:33:00

Cesky where can i get the clips from Vela's real madrid game?
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27/01/2008 19:57:00

Armory try youtube or footytube - type in vela v real madrid or osasuna v real madrid
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27/01/2008 20:03:00

Having seen clips of him against Madrid I can't wait to see him in an Arsenal shirt, hopefully next season! He could be our natural replacement for Reyes as fcdematt said he does play an awful lot like him!
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27/01/2008 21:26:00

Yeah saw the Real one on youtube before. He tortured Sergio Ramos quite a bit. I think he has even more natural skill than Theo, and his pace looks comparable to Theo too but on youtube it's hard to tell. This kid also seems very intelligent in decision making at such a young age. True, kind of like Reyes. Well let's hope he'll cope with the English weather like Cesc instead of Reyes then.
Lou the Gunneress
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27/01/2008 21:47:00

I hope so too Lou! hopefully Fabregas can help in settle in here anyway as well as some of the other younger lads. It will also be better once he learns to speak english to help him fit in more.
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27/01/2008 22:08:00

I agree with Amos. There is too much hype surrounding kids, and if they dont live upto our hyped up expectations, we bring them down double quick. There needs to be some perspective. Having said that, I can see why everyone is excited about Vela. Granted, I havent seen much of him apart from that Madrid game, but that was a mouth watering preview of what the kid is capable of.
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28/01/2008 07:03:00


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