Arsenal’s Carlos Vela Plays Final Away Game As Osasuna Lose

On Loan Arsenal forward Carlos Vela was in action yesterday afternoon as relegation threatened Valencia hosted fellow strugglers Osasuna in another important relegation game. This would prove to be Vela’s final away game as a Loanee.

Coach Jose Angel Ziganda kept faith in his team and named the same starting line up as predicted in our Match Preview.

Confirmed Osasuna Team


Azpilicueta – Miguel Flano – Cruchaga – Monreal

Punal – Astudillo

Juanfran – Plasil – C. Vela

Kike Sola

Substitutes – Elia (20) , – Dady (60), – J.Flano, – Font, – Portillo, – Josetxo, Nekounam (70)

Match Report

Vela continued in his usual left sided position offering support to loan forward Kike Sola. With so much resting on the game, both sides started in a nervous manner exchanging free kicks and fouls.

Francisco Puñal and Plasil were both caught offside as the visitors searched for an early goal, against Valencia who appointed Salvador González as their new manager early in the week. Vela wearing his usual Orange Nike boots got his first touch, as he picked the ball up and raced away after Miguel Flano had picked him out.

However Raul Albiol tripped the Mexican and received a telling off from referee Francisco Ontanaya López. Then Valencia fired in to action, and forced Vela to concede a corner after Joaquin whipped a deadly ball in to the area.

Flano again got his head to the ball and it was cleared, but as the home side came forward again Osasuna would find themselves a goal down, and a man down. Goalkeeper Ricardo was sent to the stands after tripping David Villa in the penalty area, a spot kick was given as replacement keeper Elia replaced Juanfran.

Elia had the chance to become a hero with the save, but he faced the deadly David Villa, who sent him the wrong way and subsequently giving Valencia the lead. A tragic early blow for Vela and his fellow charges.

Goal – David Villa (Penalty) – (20)

The change in formation and personnel seemed to stretch Osasuna, but Vela kept his position behind Sola, but Punal struggled to adapt to both defending and attacking play.

Azpilicueta – Miguel Flano – Cruchaga – Monreal
Punal – Plasil – C. Vela
Kike Sola

Vela was seeing less and less of the ball, as Valencia stepped up the pressure and looked for the second goal. But he would then come close to bringing his side back in to, after racing forward but captain Rubén Baraja stepped across the Mexican chopping him down.

Francisco Puñal then unleashed a powerful drive which flew over, as the creativity drained away. David Villa mirrored Punal’s previous effort by only finding the stand after cutting inside Monreal.

It would prove to be the final action of the first half, Valencia 1-0 Osasuna.

the linesman Following a cleared corner Vela raced forward, seeming fresh from the half time break but during taking the ball down, the linesman judged that the 19 year old used his hand, Vela appealed to the referee however he was told to clam down.

Then came the second blow for Osasuna as Valencia fired in to action, Villa won a free kick on the edge of the box. He pulled it across the pitch to Mata who drilled the ball beyond Elia for 2-0.

Goal – Mata – Assisted By David Villa – (51)

After the goal Carlos talked to his team mates and tried to inspire them in to hitting back, and trying to gain a point.

He put his words in to action as the inspirational forward, chipped Kike Sola in but Valencia kept a composed line and played the Spaniard offside. David Villa would then blaze an effort at goal but brave Osasuna defended doggedly throughout.

Ziganda then brought Eduardo Dady over from the bench, and after giving a short speech to the Cape Verde forward was introduced in place of Kike Sola with 30 minutes left.

Eduardo Dady > Kike Sola (60)

Powerful, strong and direct, Dady almost had an instant impact. He chested Vela’s chipped pass down and under pressure he blazed his left footed effort in to the stand. With 20 minutes left Coach Ziganda made his final change.

Javad Nekounam > Francisco Puñal (70)

Carlos was tiring and quickly, as Osasuna were holding on for dear life. But he then sliced his cross off Joaquín for a corner. Punal picked out Cesar Cruchaga who’s drive was gathered in Santiago Canizares.
Joaquín then burst forward pushing Vela back, his inexperience showed as he clipped the Spaniard down for another free kick.

Former Gunner Edu was brought on for a rare appearance, and started the passing move which would finish the game and destroy Osasuna’s chance of getting anything from the game. Eduardo Dady was caught out by Raul Albiol, he found Edu who rolled Joaquín in. He cut inside from the wing and drilled home the third and final goal.

Goal – Joaquín (81)

The third goal was extremely harsh on Osasuna, who became aggressive and the game wore on. Several poor challenges from Azpilicueta and Carlos Marchena left the referee with a busy time noting several bookings.

Full Time – Osasuna 0-3 Valencia.


David Villa (Pen) (20)
Juan Mata (51)
Joaquín (81)

Remember to stay locked to Carlos Vela News, for more news and views on Vela along with build up to Carlos’s final game for Osasuna against Real Madrid next week.

Article By – J.Sanderson


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