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Vela Signs for Real Sociedad and some Arsenal Players to Visit Nigeria

Adios Amigo

It all started when a young Aztec Warrior blazed the 2005 FIFA Under-17 Youth Championships alight with five goals, grabbing the Golden Boot in the process. His nation, Mexico, won that tournament. As expected, he attracted the predators of Europe as he plied his trade in Chivas Guadalajara but Arsenal came calling and acquired his services in 2005.

This lad was labelled as a hot prospect for the future but he had some work permit issues, so he was shipped to Salamanca to get some playing time and his first share of experience in Europe. Arsene Wenger probably assigned a scout to watch him on a consistent basis in the Spanish outfit and I’m sure that the reports he got made him drool. Vela scored eight goals and supplied 15 assists in his first stint in Europe as an 18-year-old.

After the successful spell in Salamanca, Vela’s work permit wasn’t sorted out yet, so the club sent him on loan again to another Spanish side, with Osasuna being the preferred destination. Unlike in Salamanca where he was the focal point of attack, Vela operated through the left wing in most games for Osasuna, but he still managed to score three goals and lay on four assists in 33 games.

On May 22, 2008, Carlos Vela secured his work permit to play for Arsenal and that news sparked celebrations at the club because everyone was longing to see the prospect don the sacred Red and White after three years of waiting. He made his debut in August 2008, when he came on as a sub for Robin van Persie in the 63rd minute in a match against Newcastle United. Arsenal ran out as 3-0 winners in that game and if my memory serves me right, van Persie scored a brace and Denilson registered his first goal for the club.

Vela rose to prominence when he put up a 5-star performance in the 6-0 rout against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup. He grabbed himself a scintillating hat-trick and still supplied an assist in the game. That match also went down in history as the game Arsenal fielded its youngest ever side with an average age of 19. He also got his first league goal for Arsenal against Portsmouth, making him the second Mexican to score in the Premier League. The first was probably Jared Borgetti in his Bolton days.

However, there was an incident that happened that season where Vela was excluded from a training session because of the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak.  Two of Vela’s friends from Mexico visited him over the weekend and Arsenal were asked to keep him away. However, he returned to training the next day after being given the all-clear.

He suffered some injuries in his second season at the club but his most notable goal was a delightful chip in the match against Burnley. They had defeated Arsenal in the Carling Cup a season before but most of the blame must go to Nicklas Bendtner for his profligacy in that game. He activated a clause against Blackburn on May 2010, and a fee of £550,000 was paid to Chivas as he had played his 50th game for Arsenal.

The exit of Mercenary William Gallas among others saw van Persie take the No. 10 jersey, so Vela opted for van Persie’s previous No. 11 jersey at the start of the 2010/11 campaign. His first goal in that season came against Bolton – a goal that was the icing in the cake after Arsenal had interchanged 23 passes before Cesc Fabregas dinked it over the top for Vela to put the finishing touches. He also scored two goals as a sub in the 6-0 thumping of SC Braga.

With limited chances available for Vela, Arsenal loaned him in January 2011 to West Brom, and he managed to score two goals in eight games for Woy Hodgson’s side. That turned out to be his last stint at England as Vela was loaned back to familiar surroundings in Spain to play for Real Sociedad.

After amassing 37 games for the Spanish outfit, Vela scored 12 goals and supplied eight assists, endearing himself with the San Sebastian faithful. After a spell of rigorous negotiations, Real Sociedad is delighted to announce that Carlos Vela has signed a four-yeal deal with them, bringing an end to his seven-year stint at Arsenal football club.

He leaves Arsenal after making 62 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals and making seven assists in the process. Here’s a collection of his fondest memories.

In other Arsenal related news, the club has announced that four first team players are to travel to my country, Nigeria, to take part in activities with regional partners and engage with supporters in the region. Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, ze Big Fuckin German, Per Mertesacker and new signing, Lukas Podolski will be travelling to Lagos for a flying visit in two weeks’ time. The players will take part in a series of  activities organised by the Club’s partners, Malta Guinness and Airtel.

This move to Nigeria is in the wake of the club’s postponement of its proposed friendly against the Super Eagles that was scheduled for August 5, 2012. The club said it had taken the decision as a result of “complexities linked to the planned game”.

The club also released a statement on this newly-planned proposed visit:

“We were disappointed to have to postpone the game and intend to visit Nigeria next summer. However we are delighted to be bringing this group of players to Nigeria to take part in events with our regional partners. It will give us a chance to engage with local supporters and reinforce our commitment to the market.”

Malta Guinness’ marketing manager, Emmanuel Agu, has stated that the players will take part in a busy schedule of events in Lagos and Arsenal fans in Nigeria will get the chance to interact with these players in a number of exclusive events. The players will also be engaged in some activities for telecoms operator, Airtel.

I don’t know about you but I’m going to make sure I take a picture or two with at least, one of the players…that’s if I get a chance too.

In your spare time, check out this cool video of Thomas Vermaelen acting like Jet Li’s apprentice. As expected, there was no inch of joy on his face.

Adios Aztec Warrior.

As a friend said, we’ll think about you when any other Arsenal player chips the opposition goalie. We could say, “OMG, Giroud just did a Vela on James Blunt’s long lost clone, Petr Cech” 😀


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Arsenal: Latest Updates on van Persie, Vela and other Transfer Speculation

Vela doing what he does best

To Arsene Wenger, his players and the Arsenal faithful, September 1st can’t come soon enough. The media Vultures are going on a frenzy, publishing articles that makes Arsenal fans drool as well as articles that are causing mixed emotions on certain issues of the club.

After the quick-fire purchases of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the fans have waited anxiously to see one or two more faces but the gates of the Emirates remains shut as the arrival lounge of the club is no different from a haunted ghost house. However, the departure section of the club is buzzing as players (who have already packed their bags) are waiting in line to seek new employers elsewhere.

Denilson was the first to package himself in a box to his homeland to secure another loan spell with Sao Paulo and it seems as if another Hispanic contingent is braced to wave his goodbyes to Arsenal after seven years of mediocrity. Carlos Vela joined Arsenal from Chivas Guadalajara for £125,000 but the deal increased to £550,000 after he activated a clause for reaching 50 games for the club. In his time at Arsenal, Vela had showed the fans some glimpses of quality but he wasn’t fully braced to cope with the demands of the Premier League.

In his time at the club, he has made four loan spells to teams in Spain and England but his last move to Real Sociedad was fruitful by his standards, as he had done enough to prompt the club to approach Arsenal for a permanent transfer. Vela notched up 37 appearances for Real Sociedad and he scored 12 goals and made eight assists. Since donning the Arsenal jersey in the 2008/09 season, Vela has managed to score 11 goals in 62 games for the Gunners.

The club’s official website has reported that Vela is in Spain to put the final touches to his permanent move to San Sebastian, the home ground of Real Sociedad. The club has been holding out on the move but the Arsenal hierarchy decided that the time was right to wave its goodbyes to a prospect that failed to harness his potential at the club.

I’m not disappointed about Vela’s move to Spain because there was no way he could command for a starting berth at Arsenal but in my opinion, Vela would have been massive for Arsenal if he had the same amount of chances Nicklas Bendtner had. Despite having a small frame and a weak build, the Aztec Warrior was a predator in the box and the 11 goals he registered in his time at Arsenal were top notch. He had some placed efforts but his chips were exquisite to say the least.

I wish the Aztec Warrior all the best in Spain and I hope he continues to excel there.

If I get a pound for every time I’ve written the word “Robin van Persie” this summer, I would have secured enough funds to make a bid for him if I owned my football club as well. Van Persie was an idolized figure courtesy of his exploits on the pitch last season, and a huge wave of expectation was placed on his shoulders like the way the world was placed on Atlas.

The European Championships was a horror outing for van Persie and his Dutch counterparts as the team that was 90 minutes away from winning the World Cup fumbled at the first hurdle crashing out of the group stages. As expected, van Persie got an early break to basking the sun with his Bouchra and two kids, but he earned himself a place in the spotlight again after releasing a statement that broke all Hell loose.

Many journos, bloggers, columnists, pundits, players and fans have voiced their opinions on the issue and it seems as if Arsenal is prepared to take a stand on this matter. Van Persie has been told by Arsenal that he is going nowhere this summer and he’ll be allowed to leave the club on a Bosman at the end of the season. The Dutch striker has hinted at making a move to Italy, with Juventus being his preferred destination but the Arsenal hierarchy has decided to gamble on losing Van Persie for nothing next year by holding him to his current deal, which expires in 11 months.

It is also reported that Arsenal wants to resolve this saga as soon as possible because the club intends to hold more talks with van Persie in an attempt to clarify the contract stand-off that is threatening to overshadow their pre-season tour of Asia which begins on Saturday. The Gunners will play Malaysia XI before locking horns with a familiar foe in the form of league champions, Manchester City, in Beijing. The Asia tour ends with a match against Kitchee before the Gunners return to Europe.

Arsenal fans are rightly frustrated about this van Persie saga as its dragging on in the course of this summer but the arrival of Podolski and Giroud have somewhat calmed that storm. Van Persie is an indispensable player for the club but Arsenal it is, Arsenal it was and Arsenal it will always be. The badge on the front will always be bigger than the name at the back.

Barcelona are up in Arsenal’s business yet again as the club has confirmed that they are in talks with Arsenal over the services of Ignasi Miquel, who they intend to place in their Barcelona B team. Bojan Krkic’s clone began his career in Barcelona’s La Masia Mutant Academy in 1999 before moving to Cornelia in 2004. Arsenal snapped the youngster in 2008 and he has made only four appearances to date, which all came last season. Barcelona is about to make a £300,000 bid for a player that cost Arsenal…nothing.

On potential arrivals, Rennes has stated that they are still awaiting an offer from Arsenal for the much sought-after Yann M’Vila. I can vividly remember when I had butterflies on my tummy as it was fabled that the deal was 99% done. Rennes’ president, Frederic de Saint-Sernin, had stated that the club has agreed to sell the midfielder because he has been attracting interest from several foreign clubs. He also declared that the club has been grateful to M’Vila for always been there for the team he began his career with and he has been more than a leader.

I went on a personal scouting mission on M’Vila this Euros and I was impressed with what I saw. I can’t deny that I don’t watch Ligue 1 football on a consistent basis and the highlight show focuses more on goals rather than overall team play. M’Vila will be a superb acquisition for Arsenal but the summer is still way ahead of us so the deal can still manifest in the coming weeks.

Footy Latest reports that Arsenal has made a £9m bid for Corinthians’ playmaker Paulinho. Inter Milan have also placed the Brazilian on their radar and it seems as if this bloke might be worth his bacon. Paulinho has made a name for himself in Brazil for clever runs into the penalty box where close control, quick feet and equally lethal finishing on the ground or in the air have made him hot property.

Last season, Paulinho made the Brazilian League’s Team of the Year alongside Neymar, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Fred. The last Brazilian that caused waves on Twitter was Paulo Henrique Ganso, and it was believed that the club had made a £17m bid for him.

That’s enough transfer news for one day.


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Vela blocked, youngsters released and F.I.F.A.

Arsenal as a footballing body is a branch of a tree called the English FA and the FA is also a branch of UEFA. The general tree that covers them all is that organization that was formed in 1904, FIFA. If Blatter decides tomorrow that all goalies in the game must wear pink, there’s nothing that Wojciech Szczesny can do about it even if he has tweeted that he hates the jersey colour.

Sepp Blatter became the boss of football’s governing body on the 8th of June, 1998 but one of my fondest memories as a kid was watching the first game of the World Cup between Brazil and Scotland on my birthday on the 10th of June, 1998. Cesar Sampaio scored a brace in that game but Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit scored the final goal that won France the cup. 4 years later, the cup was co-hosted for the first time in Japan and Korea but my memories of my country in that tourney are not fond at all. Nike were the first to create a disaster by releasing a lemon green jersey that had a horrible view under the Sun. Nigeria didn’t even help matters by finishing at the bottom in a group that contained Argentina, England and Sweden. The star of the tourney was Ronaldo but Oliver Ganges Kahn surprised everyone by being the first goalie to make it into the World’s top 3.

In 2006, my country missed out but the highlight of the tournament involved Materazzi and the Pope of football, Zinedine Zidane. Last summer, the World Cup came to Africa for the first time and Nigeria messed up again by losing out in a group that contained Argentina, Korea and the modern day Spartans. The Aliens from Planet Barcelona infested the Spanish National team and used their mutant powers to win the tourney. Before the World Cup was played, we were told that the next edition was to be hosted in Brazil and I plan to visit the country for the tourney whether Nigeria qualifies or not.

In recent times, there have been dark clouds shrouding FIFA over claims of bribery and corruption. We all know that David Beckham, David Cameron and a host of others were the ambassadors for England’s World Cup 2018 bid but they lost out to Arshavin’s Motherland Russia. I really loved the catch phrase the English chums used,

“England United….The World Invited”

The 2022 World Cup was to be hosted outside Europe thereby making countries like America, Australia and Qatar to make bids for hosting rights. Qatar won the bid to host the tourney in their hot land but claims are now emerging that Asian Football Confederation’s president Mohammed Bin Hammam literally bought the tournament for Qatar. He has denied these reports but he has been banned from participating in any footballing activity pending further investigation of the case. This now means that Mr. Blatter will be unopposed in the forthcoming election that is supposed to take place next month. Another FIFA figurehead that has come under the spotlight for the wrong reason is CONCACAF’s president Jack Warner. Jack Warner has also been suspended over allegations of corruption filed against him.

There are emerging tales that Warner and Bin Hammam paid up to $40,000 to Carribean officials for votes in the forthcoming presidential elections. I watched an interview on Warner in EuroSport News so I was able to get a few words from the boss of football in North America.

Warner says,

“I’ve said this before; you haven’t seen anything yet because at the end of the day, Blatter must be stopped and if he believes that he has Blazer as his ally. The same Blazer that has charged me has never spoken to me, never called up an executive council meeting, never called up a meeting of the emergency committee. Blazer is an employee and I’ve never seen any documents yet. The accuser is questioning me with nothing”

UEFA chief, Platini was also asked a few questions about what he feels about the turn of events in World football’s governing body and he says that it will be a massive blow for football if the allegations are true. Platini has made some reforms in his own European football governing body which include adding 2 extra referees on each line to prevent goal line errors, giving England and Spain 3 automatic Champions League group stage slots because of their outstanding performance in the tourney and changing the previously mediocre UEFA Cup to the more exciting Europa League.

I don’t know why all these things are happening to our beautiful game but I sincerely hope that they get their acts right and sort every issue because the ramifications won’t be nice.

To the Arsenal side of life, 4 youngsters have become free agents because AW decided that they were surplus to requirements at the club. I’ve seen 2 of these youngsters play before while I’ve seen the other 2 in Football Manager.  Mark Randall is the most prominent name in the list of players has been given the boot by Arsenal. The 21-year old bloke that was born in Milton Keynes joined Arsenal in 2005 but I doubt if he has made up to 5 appearances for the club. While at Arsenal, he has made loan appearances for Burnley (2007/08), MK Dons (2009/10) and Doncaster (this season). The only game I could remember watching Randall was in that Carling Spoon defeat to Burnley in 2008 in a game that’ll be remembered for Bendtner’s profligacy. Good luck to the youngling as he searches for a new club. I’m pretty sure that he’ll fit into a npower Championship side because he has Championship experience.

The second name in that list shares the same name with the Hollywood actor that starred in Mission Impossible and The Last Samurai, Thomas Cruise. The youngling didn’t make any senior league appearance for Arsenal but played his only Arsenal game I can remember when the Gunners visited Georgios Karaiskakis to play Olympiakos in the Champions League group stages. Youngster Kyle Bartley also made his first appearance in that game but he’ll still be an Arsenal player. The other 2 players that make up the list are Roarie Deacon and George Brislen-Hall. I have no idea how those blokes look like but I know that Deacon is a chocolate skinned bloke because I manage my Reserves in Football Manager 2011. Good luck to them all as they ply their trade with new employers in the near future.

Carlos Alberto Garrido Vela is one of the most cultured strikers you’ll ever see. He has a very sweet left foot that’s skilled in the art of chipping goalies. Since his move from Chivas Guadalajara in 2005, he hasn’t played much due to work permit issues so he was loaned to clubs in Spain to get some games under his belt. He finally got his chance to play for his club almost 4 years after he was bought and he gave the Gunners a night to savour in the 6-0 win against Sheffield United where he sealed a hattrick. Last season, he featured in the Carling Spoon and played a lot of games on the left hand side because of AW’s new 4-2-3-1 formation and hasn’t been too impressive there. This season he has made few sub appearances and scored 3 goals but as time went on his chances of playing for Arsenal reduced from slim to none thereby making AW to hand him a temporary switch to West Brom where he has impressed. As expected, West Brom came to Arsenal for an enquiry but AW has told them that the young Aztec Warrior will be part of his plans next season.

This summer all attention will be turned to International football but every player in Arsenal’s squad will go home and watch the games from their plasma screens because the 2 tourneys being played won’t be of any importance to them. Wilshere would’ve been involved in the Under-21 tournament that takes place in Denmark but he has been withdrawn. The other tourney that will be played this summer is the Copa America 2011 that will be played in Argentina. As a Hispanic side Mexico is eligible for the tourney but AW has told the Mexican FA that Vela won’t feature for them in the tournament because he wants the young Aztec Warrior to go through the preseason with the rest of the other blokes in the squad.

In other news, Swansea has entered the record books as being the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League. A hattrick by former Chelsea reject and speed merchant Scott Sinclair helped them in their surge. Phil Dowd also awarded them 2 penalties but this time they were well deserved unlike the horror outing he put up at St. James Park in February.

That’s all for today.

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The sentence of the day comes from Arseblogger,

“Arseblogger: Have you ever noticed how many of our players can accommodate the arse? In their name I mean……..Cesc fabregarse, Andrei Arseshavin, Thomarse Vermaelen, Bacary Sagnarse, Nicklarse Bendtnarse, Lukarse Fabianksi, Emmanuel Eboue…..No, wait, he is an Arse

This was published in his post on the 26th but I just wanted to share it with the Arsenal fans.

A club that’s managed by Arsene Wenger.