It’s Vela Time!
Carlos Vela has been likened to Robbie Fowler, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger banks on the Mexican to make a big impact on Arsenal’s football betting odds in the coming weeks.
Injuries to Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner have thrust Vela into the limelight and the 20 year old came on during the second half of Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Sunderland.
The youngster is also currently in negotiations over a new contract, with Wenger hoping that Vela can become a key player at the Emirates for years to come.
Speaking on the official Arsenal website, the Gunners boss said: “We are extending his contract at the moment, we are in a situation where we get these players in at 15 or 16 and work very hard for five years with them. After that we do not want to give them away.
“Vela is a fantastic talent and he is 20-years-old. We have invested a lot of time for him because we put him in Spain for two years, got him back and now we work with him every day.
“I believe he is a Robbie Fowler-type. He needs very little time to make a decision in the box. He is relaxed when he finishes and he has very short back-lift. He is left-footed and he is a similar size.”
Vela may have only made 10 starts for the club since joining in 2007 but he has already impressed many, after showcasing flair and creativity in abundance to increase the sports betting odds. A return of seven goals also catches the eye, given the lack of first team opportunities.
Up until this year, one of the reasons that chances were limited, was the presence of former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor. However, the departure of the Togolese star has opened a door for Vela and he certainly has his manager’s backing.
When asked if Vela’s talent was the reason that he decided not to replace Adebayor, the Frenchman’s answer was simple.
“Yes” the manager replied.
By Josh Allen
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