Arsenal have been closely following Carlos Vela’s performances with Osasuna this season and the reports prepared by Ricardo Law, Arsenal’s man in Spain for these kinds of issues, have always been favourable.
Law himself has set up the meeting a few days ago in London between Osasuna’s President Patxi Izco and sports Director Juanjo Lorenzo. They had lunch with Arsenal’s representatives and met with Arsene Wenger.
During the meetings Lorenzo and Izco had the chance to explain Osasuna’s vision and organization and expressed a desire to strengthen further the ties between the two clubs.
This collaboration had started in 2007 when Arsenal decided to continue “parking” Carlos Vela with Osasuna in the first division of the Spanish League. He had spent the previous season with Salamanca in the second division.
It seems that Wenger wants Spain to be the parking place for Spanish (and Portuguese) speaking players from Latin America in the same way that Beveren in Belgium is used for French speaking players from the African continent.
In this way the players can get dual nationality or work permits that can allow Arsenal to by pass the more stringent English regulations.
And we all know of the differences between Arsenal and Real Sociedad who have not been using Fran Merida enough in their league games.
Now Osasuna appear to be a welcome addition to Arsenal’s link clubs in Spain along with Celta Vigo, probably replacing Real Sociedad.
Carlos Vela has greatly impressed the Osasuna coaching staff putting in some fine performances this season.
They have been mainly on the left wing in usually a 4 3 3 come 4 51 formation as Osasuna like to keep it tight due to the threat of relegation that has been hanging over them this season.
They asked Arsene Wenger to consider extending Carlos’s loan deal with them for the coming season but Arsene would have none of it of course.
He values Carlos greatly and has high hopes for him. You don’t get Wenger saying the following for any sort of player:
"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."
So you can guess what Arsene’s answer was. The player himself has already said to Spanish Newspaper “Marca”that he will be happy to come back to Arsenal:
“After two years I would like to go to the club which trusted in me. Arsenal is a great team and it would be a dream to play for them"
I think we need genuine left sided players at Arsenal don't you?
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