Carlos Vela’s spell with Real Sociedad is turning out to be the most productive of the many Arsenal players on loan this season.
His latest goal, a rather nice overhead kick late in the game to grab a point against Villarreal, was his 11th of the campaign, making this his most profilic season to date. Yet as much as he would like to stay with the Basque club, the Mexican knows it’s out of his hands.
“There are many great things about being here,” he said to Diario Vasco, “and it’s obvious they make me consider staying, but that’s not the whole story.
“It’s not just about what I want. We have to consider the economics of the situation. Arsenal hold my contract and I can’t just say ‘I like San Sebastian’ and expect them to gift me to Real. If they sell me, they have to get some benefit from the time I’ve spent here.
“I can’t say if I will stay or go because I don’t know. Maybe yes, maybe no, but I don’t know what’s going to happen next year.”
Vela again re-iterated his desire to leave Arsenal and said that he would try and convince the manager to let him go, even if he was asked to stay next season.
“The decision is Wenger’s. If he says he’ll sell me, then I’ll have to find another team for next season. If he says that I’ll stay then I’ll need to speak to him and ask him to let me go because it’s clear my intention is not to go back.”
One thing Arsene Wenger has never done is keep a player at the club who really doesn’t want to be there, so a sale to a Spanish club, Sociedad or otherwise, seems the most likely option.
As Vela says though, it’ll all come down the economics. Truly, it is todo about los benjamins.
Cheers to @RYO_Cleverfish for the interview heads up.