Carlos Vela may have been a forgotten man during his stay at the Emirates, but the Mexican could be in line for a shock return to his former club.
The Metro understands that Arsenal have scouted the striker in Spain and could be looking to bring him back to London using the buy-back clause in his contract.
Arsene Wenger signed Vela from Mexican club Guadalajara in 2005 but had to loan him out to Celta de Vigo due to work permit-related issues. However, he did not make any appearances for the Spanish club and was subsequently loaned out to Salamanca for the 2006-07 season. He returned to Arsenal in 2008 following another loan spell, this time at Osasuna and scored 11 goals in 62 appearances in the 3 years he spent at the Emirates.
The Mexico international failed to get into the first-team and left the club to join Real Sociedad in 2011, where he has already notched up 9 goals in 21 games in the league this season. Arsenal reportedly fitted a buy-back clause in his contract when he left the club which is set at £3.5million.
Talking about the prospect of returning to Arsenal, Vela said, “I don’t rule it out. They have a clause to buy me back – you put that in the contract for a reason. I don’t know if anything will happen, it is out of my hands, but I know Arsenal have come to see my games.”