Vela Returns Against WBA
Tonight sees Arsenal embark upon another Carling Cup campaign when we host West Brom at the Emirates. Injuries to key first team players mean that the likes of Bendtner will not be risked; neither will Rosicky’s come back from injury be risked.
Wenger will choose a young team but included in the starting line will be players with both first-team and international experience. At the back we will see Silvestre, Senderos and Gibbs, hopefully at right-back will be the forgotten player Kerrea Gilbert. In that quartet we have players with ample first team experience.
Midfield will see Ramsey, Wilshere and Traore all play, whilst up front we will have Carlos Vela returning from injury. Some of our promising youngsters like Merida, Gavin Hoyte are on international duty in Egypt participating in the FIFA under-20 World Championships, whilst the two impressive French players, Sunu and Coquelin were recently in Japan representing the France under-19 team.
Carlos Vela’s return will be the highlight of the game as he established himself last season in this competition, but failed to make an impact in the league. With the departure of Adebayor and the continued absence of Nasri and Walcott, Vela’s return from injury is just what Arsene needs. He will give Wenger another option from the bench.
Last season he never really got going, neither was he given the opportunity. It has been agreed that he stays at the club rather than go out on loan to another Premier League team where he would have gained more experience, this means that Wenger intends to use more this season, but Carlos needs to grab any opportunity and prove to everyone that he can perform in the Premier League.
For Vela to show what he can do, he needs to either start games or come when we are not chasing the game as happened to often last season. This is a crucial season for Vela, we cannot keep on waiting for the potential to show its fruit, but Wenger needs to give him his chance.