The 25 year old striker has been a sensation in La Liga this campaign, scoring 16 goals and grabbing 12 assists in 34 appearances, making him the fourth-highest assist provider in the league.
The Mexican claims that his former club could re-activate the buyback clause in the summer transfer window and is keen on impressing the Gunners faithful, should he return to the Emirates.
According to Daily Star, he said:
It changes a lot.
During the last two summers, Arsenal were not interested in activating it, so we had no trouble.
It makes sense they will activate the clause now. A club that sees that a player is performing well for three years and has the chance of having him back for just an extra million.
If Arsenal wouldn’t pay that amount they wouldn’t be very intelligent. If we put ourselves in their position we will do the same.
Now, we have to analyse what can be done and how it can be done. And after putting everything in order, we will make a decision about my future; trying to choose the best way to be happy.
If I have to return to London, I will try to make things in a different way in order so that happened in the past won’t be repeated again.
But today, I don’t know if I am going to return or not, we will see, it’s a matter of time.
There is a clause in Vela’s contract which states that Arsenal can buy him back at any point for just £1 million more than Sociedad paid for him. His buyout clause for other clubs looks steep and there’s no doubt that at £3.3 million he’d be an absolute steal. After his performances this season, his market value would surely be far higher.
Even during his stay in England he showed his talent. He scored a series of superb goals for Arsenal, particularly in the Carling Cup. His customary chipped finishes had the fans excited about his long-term potential, however he never quite made the transition to first-team football and struggled with the physicality of the Premier League. In Spain, he has looked far more at home, scoring 45 goals in 120 appearances.
His best performances have come from the right flank this season, but he’s equally capable of operating on the left or through the middle. The big question remains whether or not Vela could finally flourish in English football. He is 25 now, is a lot more mature and if he is ever going to be able to make it in England, this is the time. I feel at that price, Vela would be a valuable addition to the squad.
The Gunners obviously have the cash, the money from last years deal with Bodog alone should more than cover the Mexican’s transfer fee! Go get him Wenger.
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