Carlos Vela Carlos Vela is a striker who can also play on either wing. His appearances so far for Osasuna and Salamanca have been up front or on the left wing. He’s also started as a striker for Mexico, so will be able to give us an option on the left as well as another striking option. Our chief scout, Steve Rowley, who has been instrumental on bringing Vela to the club, has recently spoken about the young Mexican and has compared to Arsenal legend, Dennis Bergkamp. Rowley spoke in official Arsenal’s magazine and said:
He is very quick, explosive, not very tall but has great technique and very good vision. He can play either as a second striker or wide on the left or right. He’s got good stamina as well, certainly one to look out for next season.And previously, Arsene has also said he sees him as a striker, in the mould of Eduardo rather than a winger. With Arsene also seeing young Theo as a main striker, in 5 years, we could be seeing more of a Vela, Walcott combo… With Van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Eduardo and Nicklas Bendtner all existing options up front, next season could see us with 6 strikers, if all fit. With so many striking options, it is very possible that we will see players such as Walcott, Vela, Van Persie and Eduardo deputising on the wings.
Aaron RamseyTalking about wingers, Arsene’s potential new signing, Aaron Ramsey, will add options to our wing play. He is a Welsh youth international who has been compared to long serving Man U winger, Ryan Giggs, who every Arsenal fan will realise has been a great player for our arch rivals. Ramsey has spoken on his potential move to Arsenal, saying he had a “gut feeling” and sees a bright future ahead at Arsenal. An assurance from Arsene Wenger that he wouldn’t be loaned back to Cardiff and would feature in the first team squad. Ramsey has played on the left and right of midfield for Cardiff, has the ability to dribble, can pass well and has ideas – he is a player very much in the Arsenal mould. Steve Claridge gave us his opinion on the player:
The thing that leaps out at you from his game is his appreciation of a pass. It was second to none. When a team-mate received the ball from him, the pass almost told him where his opponent was. It had all the information on it that you would need and it was, invariably, the right ball. He has a sixth sense telling him where his opponents are. This was reflected in his first touch and the placement of his body, which meant that even when opponents doubled up on him, he managed to escape unscathed from tight areas.One thing which is apparent, however, is that he has played many games in central midfield and scouting reports also suggest he drifts in when he plays on the wing. Something reminiscent of Pires, Ljunberg, Hleb and Rosicky. I hope he also has the ability to get to the byline for a role back and stay out wide when necessary. He does look like an exciting player, he’s young, fulfills the homegrown criteria and would be a better option than a player like Eboue. Young Theo is starting to show why Arsene paid a down payment of £5m for him all those years ago, and it’s unlikely that Arsene would have repeated purchasing from the lower leagues unless he thought Ramsey would go on to be a big talent.