21 years old Mexican Carlos Vela stays in London when his teammates taking the plane to Barcelona today for their crucial Champions League encounter with Pep Guardiola’s star side on Tuesday evening in the Catalan metropolis.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has left the Mexican out of his 18-man travelling squad, instead he has nominated unexperienced players like Fran Mérida or Craig Eastmond. There is no reason confirmed why Carlitos don’t make the squad, but if he did not pick up a knock in Saturday’s match, then it is a not understandable decision by Gunners Manager Arsene Wenger.
Furthermore Vela was fully involved in this morning’s practice unit at Arsenal Training Ground in London, Colney. (Pic: Vela and Mérida at London, Colney April 5)
Article by – A.Zimmermann
Young Hotshot Carlos Vela has entered the pitch late, as Arsene Wenger’s side found a late winner against ten Wolves at Emirates on Saturday afternoon, thanks to Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, who came on earlier for Ivorian midfielder Emmanuel Eboue. The Danish hitman found the net with a stunning header in stoppage time to let the Gunners stay alive in the title race.
Vela was then brought on for Eduardo with just 11 minutes left in the game, so that once again it was really complicated for Carlitos to show anything if you get a so short amount of playing time, but at least he got some minutes today where he couldn’t show anything of his class as he looked still handicapped.
He really looks out for his best form after suffering some knocks in the past few weeks, which kept him finally out of action for a lot of matches. He had some good moments in the few minutes, but he had also some moments where you could see that he is lacking a lot of things which you need for Premier League football, as well as his running style was looking a little bit different to his naturally one, which force rumours that he still have to sort out some back and hip problems.
Furthermore it was a good sign for the Mexican to get some minutes in today’s encounter, as he hasn’t played since the 20th January in the Barclay’s English Premiership.
Next up for Carlos is the trip to Barcelona to face Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and their teammates at the wonderful Camp Nou stadium in the second leg of the Champions league Quarterfinal. Obviously he will start on the bench in the Catalan city, but only if Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger nominate him for the 18-man travelling squad.
Article by – A.Zimmermann
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