Carlos Vela Shines In Arsenal’s 3:1 Victory Over Stuttgart

After his impressive hat-trick against Burgenland XI, Mexican Striker Carlos Vela played 40 minutes in Arsenal’s 3:1 victory over VFB Stuttgart this evening. Vela grabbed the equaliser for Arsenal and has now been on the scoreboard four goals in three pre season matches for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s side had their best chance in the first half, as Theo Walcott played a great through ball to Robin Van Persie and he crossed the ball back to Walcott to give him a great 6 yard opportunity, but his shot was denied by former Arsenal Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. 

Wenger made then four changes for the second half with Carlos Vela, Lukasz Fabianski, Justin Hoyte and Nicklas Bendtner coming on, to replace Robin Van Persie, Manuel Almunia as well as Johan Djourou plus Emmanuel Adebayor.

Carlos started brightly, as he picked up the ball very well and controlled it with great pace and forced a free kick for his side. 

The hosts got their lead after 51 minutes, as Yildiray Bastürk drilled a right footed effort from the edge of the area into the left corner. Gunners Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabanski had no chance to save that ball.

58 minutes gone as Carlos Vela equalised for Arsenal, as he got a through ball from Nicklas Bendtner to take the ball around Lehmann with his knee, to smash the ball with his right foot via the cross bar into the net.

Just 7 minutes later Arsenal should got their second, as Nicklas Bendtner got a lovely one two from Vela back to beat Khalid Bouhlarouz, to finish the ball with the inside of his right foot into the far corner.

The Gunners turn around it then completely as 16 years old Jack Wilshere finished with a top drop left footed effort a Gael Clichy cross.

Carlos Vela was then substituted with just 5 minutes on the clock by youngster Jay Simpson.

Carlos was looking bright tonight, he kept the ball very well, made good runs with his brilliant pace and finally grabbed his goal and produced the other for Nicklas Bendtner. The partnership up front with the Danish striker looks really amazing, but we should not forget that we are in pre season now.

Article by – A.Zimmermann

16 responses to “Carlos Vela Shines In Arsenal’s 3:1 Victory Over Stuttgart

  1. goonermichael

    What a great player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. i don’t care what others say but i think bendtner is ready to take adebayor’s place. carlos vela and wilshere are good enough to provide direct backup for some first team players. i say i should sell adebayor, take the money and get ourself a defensive midfielder and a defender. look how many goals we have conceded so far. no clean sheet so far.

  3. its really amazing when you see things like this.just like last season when no one gave the gunners a chance after the departure of henry,it even better now,after losing players like, flamini, hleb and gilberto, and with such a young team that has played without the likes of fabregas and coming to play and beat a team like stutgart on their own turf with 16 year olds.We are in for a big season

  4. he’s good both on the wing and as a forward..two player in one if you ask me. excellent kid!!!

  5. He was excellent yesterday, we are really stacked in the forwards position with Eduardo coming back too. I really believe Vela will become a super star at Arsenal, i like his work ethics, and he is a team player, very skillful too.

  6. will be even better as the season progresses

  7. Great Write-up mate, here are my player ratings:

    Almunia – Very solid outing, you could see that he was trying to be more vocal, and had a fantastic save in the first half from a shot that looked like it hit the side netting straight but on closer inspection was a great save. 7.5

    Sagna – Solid as you like at the back, had some great forays up front. Showed tenacity and bottle. Faded somewhat in the second half and was replaced because of what looked like an injury, hopefully nothing too serious. 7

    Gallas – Great to see him back with the armbad, got a little nervous when ArsenalTV made it it seem like he was going to be stripped off the captaincy in favour of Almunia(?!). Anyway not bad for his first game back, showed his class but not much of an understanding with Djourou. 6.5

    Djourou – Not a bad performance, was hoping to see him in the DM position he keeps talking about. Anyway Made a few fouls at the back that resulted in him picking up a yellow card. Slightly off the pace and not much of an understanding with Gallas, but I guess that can be forgiven considering its only their first game back of pre-season. 5.5

    Clichy – Future legend in the making! Was a great attacking outlet even though he was caught upfront a few times early in the game. Tenacious, looks in great shape – showed magnificent determination to set up Wilshere just doesn’t give up! Deserved to get the goal he was trying hard so to get, Someday soon Gael! 8

    Nasri – Showed real class, great setpiece delivery from freekicks and corners, great balance and dribbling ability, his pace was great too. It’ll take him a little time to hit top form but Arsene does know what he’s doing and he’s found a little gem here! 7.5

    Eboue – Seemed quite anonymous for much of the first half which is understandable considering I don’t think he’s ever played in central midfield. No major errors though. 5.5

    Denilson – slowly getting into the groove of things, has had a lot of minutes this preseason. He still hasn’t hit the heights of his break-out season the season before last but I’ve every reason to believe he will. Good distribution. 6.5

    Walcott – One of the best players in the first half, learning to use his pace to good effect, looks sharp and in great shape. Unlucky not to score with Lehman making a great save. Good intelligent running and link-up play, I think he’ll hit the ground running come West Brom. 8

    Adebayor – Looked rusty for his first game back. Looked clumsy and his first touch wasn’t great, but he started last season the same way and 30 goals later….! Anyway his passing and link-up play was decent but hopefully he gets his sharpness back quickly or Bendtner will be replacing him in the starting XI! 5.5

    Van Persie – Such a top class player, and you can tell whenever he plays no matter how out of shape or form he’s in. Some great runs, dribbling and magnificent through ball for a Walcott chance in the first half. I’m praying he stays fit! 7.5


    Fabianksi – Looked very solid, had more to do than Almunia did in the first half. Came out and acted as a sweeper very well on a few occasions when he was needed. You can tell he’ll become a keeper with a great presence. Not too much he could do about the goal and great instinctive save very late on in the game. 7.5

    Bendtner – Picked up right where he left off against Bergenland! His first touch is back, confidence clearly flowing, great reverse through-ball for Vela for the first goal and showed magnificent strength, awareness and finishing to hold of Bouhlarouz and sidefoot a half-volley past Lehman for the second goal. Watch out Adebayor, he’s coming for your spot! 9

    Vela – Also picked up right where he left of against Bergenland, great instinctive player and his goal was just that, pure instinct and great awareness to knock the ball away from Lehman and smash it in off the crossbar. His assist for Bendtner’s goal was great as well, reminiscent of Fabregas’ assist for Guiza in the Euro’s! Quite the partnership he’s forming with Bendtner, and we’re beginning to see why there was so much hype around our Mexican warrior! 9

    Wilshere – It’s getting harder and harder to keep this player under wraps and not too hype him too much! Early on you could tell he was playing with a little fatigue as he had only played 48hrs previously at only 16. A few passes and decisions were just a shade off, but you can tell this player has real class. Good link up play, attempted a few of his trademark reverse passes, and a great left-footed half volley finish for his goal, though it did help that he was completely unmarked! I just pray he isn’t snapped up before he signs his first professional contract at 17! 8.5

    Ramsey – The passes he made when he came on were magnificent. 100% inch-perfect passes almost like I’ve never seen before. Helped the team play some great possession football and really helped spread the play late on. 8

    Lansbury / Simpson / G Hoyte / J Hoyte – Helped see the game out but not enough time to assign a rating.


  9. I agree. I hope he adapts well to the EPL. He has the whole country of Mexico backing him up.

  10. Vela is a better player than Reyes was. And it struck me when Wishere scored that our beloved Hleb would never have taken that shot. I have said it before and will say it again, Arsenal are a better, deeper team than last year. Once we get that experienced defensive midfielder, we will be solid. The talent on this team is phenomenal, I’ve never seen anything like it.

  11. the future is now, carlos vela = god.

  12. JOE(lagos,nigeria)

    VELA is hot like fire, wat an amazing speed this lad has.

    i think people around the globe are beginning to see wat we have in our armoury.

    i think the big TEAMS in europe shud begin to appreciate us and FIFA shud give LE BOSS an honorary title of his amazing prowess in developing talents the world wants.



  14. For those who say we should get rid of Adebayor, remember he may be one of the best strikers in the world when hes in form! You dont sell a world class striker at the age of 23. Should be like selling Henry in 2000.
    No we need all our strikers, and this year we have alot, Ade, van Persie, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner and Walcott.

    Still cant belive Vela is only turned 19! Hes an amasing talent. I specially praise his HUGE workrate and will and positivity, thats maybe the most important thing for a striker.

  15. arsenal team for next season should be:

    sagna toure gallas clichy
    wilshere fabregas nasri walcott
    vela van persie

  16. wie gehts carlos vela

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