Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tipped Mexican forward Carlos Vela to make a large impact on the Gunners’ Carling Cup campaign this year.
Wenger has consistently used the Carling Cup to blood promising youngsters and that trend is set to continue with 19-year-old Vela’s inclusion in the youthful squad which will take on Sheffield United tomorrow evening.
“I worked very hard to get him and when he came on the other time [against Newcastle] he did very well,” his manager told Arsenal TV.
“We believe highly of him in a central position. He can play central as well but he’s an Eduardo basically.
“He’s a similar type – left-footed, intelligent runs and a good finisher – there are similarities with Eduardo.”
A young Arsenal side met Sheffield United in last year’s Carling Cup fourth round. Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva scored a brace and Denilson added a third as a young Arsenal side strolled into the last eight. The Gunners were eventually eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur in the last four.
Article By – C. Wheatley