Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Carlos Vela ready to replace Eduardo
By 1970’s Gooner
Eduardo’s return to first team action has now been placed in October as he is not expected to start his pre season until September. The assessment is that he will make a full recovery which is great news for Arsenal.
This however leaves Arsene Wenger short of the full complement of forwards that are currently available. I say currently because the Adebayor saga may still show its ugly face as there is still a long way to go until the transfer window closes.
And it looks as though Arsenal are in two minds about this issue. On the one hand Wenger is issuing statements about wanting Adebayor to stay.
On the other Ken Friar and the official Arsenal seem to have put their tail between their legs by sending that letter to AC Milan inviting them to bid for Adebayor!
It is important that Adebayor stays as I believe he will be even more potent this coming season as well as adding another dimension to Arsenal’s often predictable style of play.
Also by the time a replacement is brought in and then take his six months or so to acclimatize to the Premier League we can kiss the title or any trophy good buy.
Even if we assume that Adebayor will stay that will still leave the team vulnerable to injuries (especially to Van Persie) and suspensions.
Watching Carlos Vela play his first game for Arsenal against Szombethalyei in Hungary has reinforced what I have been writing about this youngster throughout last season.
Carlos played an integral part in almost all of Osasuna’s matches and impressed so much so that the club’s hierarchy made the trip to London to try and convince Arsene Wenger to loan the player for another season.
Having watched Carlos play for Osasuna on a number of occasions I have been impressed by his trickery and ball skills but most of all his battle hardened attitude to perform under pressure.
Against Szombathelyi he looked assured, full of confidence and trickery.
He started in the middle of the attack and was strong enough to hold the central defender breathing down his neck, use his skill to hold the ball and bring other players into the game.
For a first game he combined well with those around him especially Walcott putting him in on goal with a slick short ball into the box with the outside of his left boot.
He also laid on a sure goal inside the box for the much improved (and for me man of the match) Denilson who proceeded to rattle the bar with his shot.
You can watch the highlights of the game in the video window on the right hand side of this page.
If deployed in the first team Carlos will, I am sure, take advantage of Arsenal’s style of play which suits him quite well and also greatly benefit from the numerous chances that Fabregas and the rest will create.
Look at a comparison of his Osasuna stats versus the other Arsenal strikers.
Player Stats Comparison
Vela, Adebayor, Eduardo
Appearances: 33, 36, 17
Shooting Accuracy: 73%, 51%, 48%
Assists: 4, 4, 3
Tackles Won: 85%, 80%, 64%
With a shooting accuracy of 73% he is way ahead of Adebayor (51%) and Eduardo (41%) and he is bound to improve on the number of goals scored to reach Adebayor’s by converting the numerous goal opportunities he will get.
He is also likely to get flagged offside fewer times than Adebayor’s 66 of last season!
Carlos possesses one more attribute. He is left footed and there’s not many of them in the current Arsenal first team squad.
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