The 2008 – 2009 season will see the arrival of Carlos Vela to Arsenal, a player many Arsenal fans have been waiting to see in an Arsenal shirt for the last few years.

Vela was bought in November 2005 for a fee of £2.5 million, he was playing for Mexican side Guadalajara at the time but shot to fame in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship where the player finished as the top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals and claimed the Adidas Golden boot.

Vela attracted offers from many of Europe’s top teams but decided to join Arsenal signing a five year deal but due to the English work permit restrictions for non-EU citizens the player could not play in England and was sent to Spain on loan.

He was loaned to Celta de Vigo in February 2006 and then joined UD Salamanca, in the Spanish second division, for the 2006-07 season. He finished this season scoring eight and creating many of their 53 goals.

At the end of the 2006-07 Vela was still not eligible for a British work permit so Arsenal agreed to loan the player to Osasuna where the player spent last season playing mainly on the left wing.

2008 Vela was granted a work permit that will allow him to play in England, Manager Arsene Wenger has already stated that Vela will feature in Arsenals first team, a move many Arsenal fans are glad to hear.

But the Manager has said that Vela will feature as a striker and not play on the left as he has done in his time in Spain.

“Vela will be involved with the first-team next season. He has played the whole season at Osasuna on the left wing and he had to work hard there. But for me it is not his position, he is a central striker, an Eduardo type. He is a great young player.”

So Vela is here and the wait is over he now has the number 12 shirt and I’m sure you all agree he looks like a very exciting player and could be our biggest signing this season.

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