Monday, August 04, 2008
Eriksson rates Carlos Vela
By 1970’s Gooner
Carlos Vela’s fine performances for Arsenal in the pre season friendly games has not gone unnoticed by Sven Goran Eriksson, the new head coach of the Mexican national team.
His spies in Europe have been impressed with Vela’s prowess in front of goal especially that fine effort against Stuttgart when he rounded Lehmann before slotting the ball into the net off the bar.
“I have an assistant that informs me of the performance of those in Europe. For example, Carlos Vela is going very well" Eriksson said recently in Mexico City.
This was during the press conference where he announced the initial squad made up of home players for the moment until the Mexicans playing in Europe join up. This is ahead of a World Cup qualifying game against Wilson Palacio’s Honduras.
Carlos Vela was also highly rated by Mexico’s previous coach, Hugo Sanchez, who sited his absence from the team for the Bejing qualifying games as a major reason for failing to qualify (and getting him the sack).
Eriksson can count a lot on the experience of these mercenaries who can fill all positions in the team except that of goalkeeper, which is held by Oswaldo Sanchez.
The Mexicans have shown weakness in the attack in recent years and Erikkson is seeking to change that, especially with strikers who play in Europe.
These are Carlos Vela (Arsenal) Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruna), Giovanni Dos Santos (Tottenham), Nery Castillo ( Manchester City) and Antonio de Nigris (Ankaraspor).
"We have enough to form a strong team. The number one goal is to qualify for the World Cup," said the Swede.
The final call up inclusive of the Mexicans abroad is likely to be some days before the 20th of August which is when Mexico will face Honduras.
This means that Carlos Vela will probably be available for Arsenal’s Champions League second qualifying game against FC Twente but will miss the chance of being involved in the first two league games of the season against West Bromwich (home) and Fulham (away).
Lets hope he comes back unscathed.
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