Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wenger’s “top class” Vela scores another goal for Osasuna (plus video)
By 1970’s Gooner
Osasuna grabbed three crucial points last Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Both sides played out a tense match in a thick blanket of fog, with few chances in the first half.
Osasuna did most of the attacking but things got a lot easier for the hosts midway through the second half when Fran Yeste was sent off after head-butting Osasuna defender Miguel Flaño.
Osasuna took advantage of their superiority and only five minutes later Dady managed to break the deadlock after firing in a free-kick which deflected off a defender.
Arsenal’s Mexican winger Carlos Vela extended the advantage two minutes later with a powerful volley ensuring a key victory for Osasuna which moved them away from the relegation area.
Vela’s goal on the 68th minute, which you can see on the video on the right hand side of this page, was a beautiful volley from inside the area low on the goalkeeper’s left. This is his fourth goal of the season which comes as reward for his positive all round play.
Having watched him on a few occasions for Osasuna this year I can see why Wenger has described him as “ top class”.
"He's top class. I like his intelligence and his pace. He scores goals but he can also create them. "He's a special talent and I believe 100 per cent that he will make it at the highest level" Wenger said when he signed him on a permanent deal at the beginning of this year.
Contrary to a lot of, what proved to be totally unfounded, speculation on the internet, Vela will not return to Arsenal now but in the coming summer.