Re-signing former Gunner Carlos Vela this summer is by no means a perfect solution to Arsenal’s striking woes. But boasting a miserly £3.5million buy-back clause, the Mexico international would be a cheap yet positive step in the right direction.
The 25 year-old Real Sociedad forward struggled to make a name for himself during a six-year spell in North London, netting just three times in 29 Premier League outings.
But his La Liga switch in summer 2011 has been the turning point of Vela’s career. Since joining the Sociedad ranks, initially on loan before making the move permanent, the South American has amassed 48 goals and 29 assists in 124 outings for the Anoeta side. His best return to date, 21 goals and 12 assists in 52 appearances, has come this season, earning him Sociedad’s Player of the Year award.
Also capable of playing as an out-and-out striker, in a supporting role or on the wing, Vela has a lot to offer his former club in the final third.
The £3.5million Mexican was rather coy on an Emirates return last year, but having recently stated it “wouldn’t be very intelligent” of Arsenal not to activate their clause, appears more prepared to leave Sociedad this summer.