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Vela Trying To Make Mark At West Brom

One of Arsenal’s biggest problems this season has been a lack of finishing in advanced positions (their inability to hold onto leads is another story altogether), as we all know that the Gunners play the most stylish football in all of England, but they sometimes fail to finish off the move.

Even though Arsenal is second in the Premier League in goals scored, they could always stand to have more strikers, especially in the case of the perpetually injured Robin van Persie. Carlos Vela is one of those strikers, but he wasn’t being given much playing time, so he went on loan to West Brom, and the Mexican international has been involved in a few plays that has netted some crucial points for the Baggies.

Those who are gambling online have seen the potential in Vela, a 22-year-old who has loads of pace, and West Brom happily took him on loan at the end of January. His first goal came in his third game as Vela scored in injury time to earn West Brom a point at home against Wolverhampton, and in the next match, he notched another late equalizer at Stoke City in a match that carried West Brom out of the relegation zone. Then Vela sat for three matches (all wins for West Brom), he was brought on as a substitute in a 3-1 loss at home to Chelsea, but he was given the start at Tottenham and set up the first goal for Peter Odemwingie en route to a 2-2 draw for West Brom.

West Brom shouldn’t have any worries with relegation as they sit 12th in the Premier League table, but only six points out of the drop zone. Therefore, the hunt for points is never over and they have four matches left in the season, beginning this weekend at home against Aston Villa. Odemwingie is obviously the top striker in the pecking order, but he and Vela showed some improving communication against Tottenham, so look for the 22-year-old to get some more work in before heading back to Arsenal in the offseason.

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Vela Scores Twice As Wenger’s Gunners Sink SC Braga

Mexican sensation Carlos Vela scored twice as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side destroyed Portuguese outfit SC Braga last evening at Emirates Stadium by 6:0. Skipper Cesc Fabregas got two as well with Chamakh as well as Arshavin on the scoring board.

The 21 years old already scored on the weekend against Bolton as he slotted home calmly a fantastic Cesc Fabregas chip pass.

That is now 3 Goals in 2 matches with only 40 minutes of match time. Hell yeah you can say whatever you want about the young talented striker, but this is just an amazing scoring quote.

Vela was introduced with 27 minutes on the clock for Moroccan International Marouane Chamakh and was again just 6 minutes on the pitch as he make it 5:0 for the Gunners.

Russian International Andrey Arshavin did a perfectly timed pass for the Mexican inside the area and Carlos was able to take a lovely little dink over Braga goalkeeper Felipe into the net.

Minutes later Carlitos tried to fed Cesc Fabregas, but his pass was unfortunately intercepted.

With 6 minutes remaining Vela had his second as Fabregas picked a long ball out of the air to clip a little pass to Vela, so that the Cancun native cleverly beat Felipe on the near post with a left footer.

After the match Wenger was impressed by Vela’s performance and admitted in the post match press conference:

“He is an outstanding finisher who worked very hard this summer and he continues to improve. He is 21 years old and it is a fantastic quality.”

Next up for Carlitos is the Premier League encounter at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon!

Article by – A.Zimmermann

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