Where is Carlos Vela?
What has happened to Carlos Vela this season?
In pre-season, he looked sharp and had an eye for goal. Wenger constantly talked him up and the fans we licking their lips in anticipation of seeing the Mexican whiz kid play for Arsenal.
And we waited, and we waited and we are still waiting for him to be unleashed. This kid spent two years in Spain playing both Segunda and Primera Liga football; has played 14 times for his country, yet we are still waiting for him to be given the chance at Arsenal.
Vela has made eight substitute appearances in the league, invariably when are chasing the game either for an equaliser or for a late dramatic winner. His league appearances have invariably been playing out wide, a position that Wenger has stated is not his best position. Wenger has yet to trust the talents of the Mexican from the start in any competition other than the Carling Cup.
When has been given a chance, in the Carling Cup, he has scored goals.
We all know that Vela is young and still learning his trade, but how much can he learn by sitting on the bench every week, knowing he will come on when we are desperate? The first half of the season should go down as a wasted period in the football development of Vela.
It wouldn’t be so bad if our strikers were scoring for fun, but in some games they are not even moving or creating space, never mind scoring. Vela should have been given more opportunities this season.
With the impending return to action of Eduardo, Vela will fall even further down the pecking order. The best option for Vela will be a loan spell at another Premier League club, say Newcastle United. He will be given many opportunities to play and will prove to us all exactly what he is capable of doing. He can then return next season with maybe a dozen league games under his belt and ready to seriously challenge for a regular first team spot..