Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has confirmed the north London side still have an active clause in his contract and has refused to rule out a return to the club.
The Gunners sold Vela last year to Real Sociedad after the Mexican spent 2010/11 on loan with the La Liga side. He has attracted plenty of interest with his performances, last season he played a vital role in securing Champions League football after banging in 18 goals, providing 14 assists.
While he is happy and feels “at home” in northern Spain, he did not rule out a return to his former club especially while there is an active clause in his contract.
He told Geoff Shreeves of Skysports in a one on one interview of the buy back clause:
Yes they [Arsenal] have the option.
Every summer they can take the buy option.
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But for the moment it is difficult.
They are good now… I am good now.. I don’t think it is the best moment to go back to Arsenal.
[on a possible return to London] Maybe.
The Gunners do require more firepower up front, someone who can finish and offer something different to Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner. But despite Vela’s resurgence a north London return seems unlikely.
He struggled in the more physical England league, a place where Giroud has blossomed and now offers a real presence upfront for the Gunners – exactly what we need. Bendtner provides a more than capable backup, so it seems highly probable that Wenger will not dive into the market this winter, unless he somehow manages to secure a contract for Robert Lewandowski this January ahead of a free transfer next summer.
It is good to hear Vela will not rule out a return to Arsenal especially after some miserable times where he was unable to work his way into Wenger’s plans. Some say it was his attitude, but regardless he has always had bundles of talent and was a classy finisher. He is still relatively young at 24-years-old so never say never, but again it seems unlikely.
What are your thoughts on the little Mexican? Would you like to see him in an Arsenal shirt again? Feel free to comment below…