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Adios Carlos

Arsenal`s Mexican striker Carlos Vela has joined Real Sociedad the Spanish side have confirmed. On Tuesday evening, a statement on the Arsenal website on Tuesday evening confirmed talks were at an advanced stage, but La Liga side called a press conference to rubber stamp the deal on Thursday

For those not au fait with Spanish / who can`t be arsed to go to Google translate, the statement read, "Carlos Vela will be presented this morning at the Anoeta press as a new player of Real Sociedad. The press conference is scheduled on the 12:15 hours."

Negotiations have rumbled on for most of the summer, with Vela having impressed at Sociedad during a loan spell last season. But a sticking point appeared to be the sell on clause desired by Arsenal- a common theme in deals involving younger players the club sells on. Reports suggest the fee is around £4m with the Gunners netting up to 50% of any sell on fee and with a buy back clause in his Sociedad contract.

The Cancun born striker was snapped up by the Gunners as a 16 year old from Guadalajara in 2005, but spent two and a half years years on loan in Spain- at Celta Vigo, Salamanca and Osasuna respectively- due to work permit restrictions. He returned to Arsenal in 2008 and wowed the supporters with some fulimating displays in the Carling Cup- most memorably with a memorable hat trick against Sheffield United and an audacious chip versus Wigan. However, Vela, famed for scoring chipped goals of little consequence, struggled to make an impact in the first team when it really mattered.

He was loaned to West Bromwich Albion in January 2011 despite indicating a preference for a loan move to Spain. Arsenal insisted he must prove himself in the English top flight.

His time with the Baggies proved fruitless and the club sanctioned a loan deal with Real Sociedad last August with a view to a permanent deal, Arsene Wenger seemingly having accepted that Vela couldn`t adapt to the Premier League. Vela was an ultimately talented player that didn`t have the ingredients (or the desire if you want my personal opinion) to make the most of his abilities. Essentially, a Mexican Quincy Owusu Abeyie.



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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday July 19 2012
Time: 7:24PM

Comments

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If only he had thought about partying less and working harder. Nothing saddens me more than talent wasted. A pity even the introduction of Hernandez couldnt inspire him to compete for club and country.
Sajit
19/07/2012 19:42:00
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In all other walks of life I genuinely admire and indeed prefer those that prioritise partying over work, not at me club tho. Laters charlie chip.
nikolaijns
19/07/2012 20:08:00
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Buy back clause?! Intriguing.
ajwb
19/07/2012 21:51:00
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It's a shame, I always thought Vela was going to be a big player for us. So talented just not able to cut the mustard. Seems like a nice lad though, best of British to him.
Rocky7
20/07/2012 05:32:00
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Same as Gio Dos Santos, whats with these guys? How come the likes of Danny Graham and Grant Holt can make the step up yet these guys who i'm sure will set the world cup alight in 2014, do absolutley bugger all here?
HuddersfieldYiddo
20/07/2012 09:59:00
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Quite true. I watched Mexico play Brazil last month and dos Santos was outstanding. But he never does it at Spurs, Barca were prepared to let him fly and even Ipswich weren't fussed with him during a loan spell.
Little Dutch
20/07/2012 10:23:00
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ajwb - Not a buy back clause, but a sell on clause, where Arsenal get a % of the transfer fee when he is sold from Sociedad. I thought that he would do really well, and there was a lot of good hype. Just shows you how pointless it is, to follow players who are out on loan, bcoz you still dont know whether they will do well once they are with Arsenal.
prits
21/07/2012 20:57:00
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prits, it's both. There's a sell on and a buy back clause in this. Sociedad were unable to table the sort of fee we would have wanted, so we placed a number of conditions on the deal.
Little Dutch
23/07/2012 10:47:00
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