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Vela's Departure Confirmed

Arsenal have finally announced the transfer of Carlos Vela to Spanish side Real Sociedad. The club website confirmed the deal was at an advanced stage some four weeks ago, with the Spanish side having unveiled the Mexican forward and listed him in their squad profiles on their website. But with all documentation having now officially gone through. Arsenal have made the finalisation of the deal public.



The Gunners also did not confirm the departure of reserve midfielder Oghuzan Ozyakup to Besiktas until today either. But Vela`s registration is finalised and Arsenal have, typically, announced an undisclosed fee. Meanwhile, there are reports circulating that suggest Sebastien Squillaci has been allowed to fly to Athens to discuss terms with Greek side Olympiacos, with a fee having been agreed.




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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 10 2012

Time: 2:29PM

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Once again (cos, we did this a few weeks ago), good luck, Carlos. Thanks for the chips ;-)
Naijagunner
Looks like we've managed to offload squelchy to Olympiakos too. Happy days!
nikolaijns
Unless there is an update, sounded like he was still in talks. But, even that is a good thing. Bendtner will have to accept he isn't that hot, otherwise, he would have been the first on the club's wanted list.
Naijagunner
Offloading process starting right now. Transfer window has been very good for us this season till now barring RvP's mishap, which may yet be corrected.
Eboue=GOD
Speaking of deadwood, Park looked pretty good today for S Korea. Amazing run for the game winning goal, just missed a second that was tipped onto the bar by a fully stretched Gonda. It makes me wonder why he didn't play more last season. RvP's form and fitness played a big part- it you are only playing one striker, it makes sense to play the most in-form striker in the league in 2011-12. But why sub in Chamakh vs Park late in games? Again, that's pretty easy because of their respective style of play. If RvP stays, sure, get rid of Park, but if he goes, Park might end up being a useful player. Same with Chamakh, who did a decent job until RvP's rare fitness made him a bit player. Bendtner probably could be a better Chamakh - the forward playing with back to goal - if he wasn't such an egotistical idiot. Of all our attacking so-called deadwood, sadly I would say Arshavin should be first out the door. Podolski can do everything he can do, but he's also tenacious going back, especially if he has lost the ball himself. And Oxlade-Chamberlain is the future in that role. I actually remember a couple of times when Arshavin tracked back and made key interceptions, and in two instances key tackles. And that's his problem- I can remember each time. This is not good in a team that has Gibbs and Santos (the lost and the reckless) playing left back. I didn't see any of the Asia games, but they weren't full squad anyway. It will be interesting this season because we have added three quality attacking players but only got rid of one (Vela, who wasn't with us last season) with possibly another one on the way out (RvP). Assuming Bendtner will move on, as will one of Park or Chamakh, and given who we have bought so far, that raises the question of the futures of potentially next summer's 'deadwood' - Gervinho, Ramsey, Rosicky (who just signed a new two year deal). I wouldn't want to be a manager . . .
elbondo
I wouldn't call Gervinho deadwood. He has his uses and can come in to stretch play; also has a high assist rate, potentially. Watch him this season then judge him.
Naijagunner
I agree with Naija about Gervinho. He's got great stats and one needs to also look at the fact that his stats dropped significantly last season as compared to his Ligue 1 days. Indicates that he's found it hard to settle in, in his first season at the club. He's only going to improve. Also, Gervinho is a great backup player for Podolski. We've lacked backup in last few seasons and that has played a major part in our failings.
Eboue=GOD
And I didn't say Gervinho was deadwood- I said 'potentially next summer's deadwood', which is completely different. I think this season he will play a big part, although I suspect it will be from the bench after Podolski beds in. Which is also speculation- Wenger may not play Podolski in the same position Low does. It is nice to have depth and options.
elbondo
Congrats to Mo Farah; Gooner and double Olympic champion.
Naijagunner
 

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