Friday, 13 July 2007

The Carlos You May Never Have Heard Of

The golden boot recipient at the 2005 Under-17 World Cup. Was a main reason why his team managed to thrash Brazil 3-0 in the tournament's final. Nope. Not Argentina's Carlos Tevez (who has been making a lot of headlines himself). It is Mexico's young teen prodigy - Carlos Vela. Or rather Arsenal's best hope since the departure of Thierry Henry. The Gunners signed Vela in November 2005 after fighting off a great deal of attraction from other European giants but had to loan him out to Celta Vigo (who in turned loaned him out to Salamanca FC because they have used up the available EU player slots) because they could not get a work permit for him in England.

He was supposed to return to the Emirates Stadium at the start of 2008 but apparently Arsene Wenger has been working to bring him back this month. Guess what the Frenchman said about his secret weapon - "I like his intelligence and his pace. He scores goals but he can also create them. He's a special talent and I believe 100 per cent that he will make it at the highest level." Hmmm, for a while, I though Wenger was talking about Thierry Henry...

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