Carlos Vela

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Born: 19/4/1989 in Cancún
Nationality: Mexico Mexico
International Caps: 23
International Debut: September 2007 vs Brazil

2018/19 Playing Statistics

  Total Mins Played Apps Starts Subbed On Subbed Off Goals Assists Yellows Reds
All 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Carlos Vela won the golden boot at the Under-17 World Cup in 2005 and helped lead Mexico to the title. His performance attracted attention from a number of Europe's big-name clubs, but it was Arsenal who managed to sign the player for GBP 125, 000 - a fee that will rise to GBP 550, 000 if he makes 50 first-team appearances. He signed a five-year deal with the Gunners, but due to English work permit restrictions, he was unable to play for the club and was subsequently loaned out to various clubs including Celta Vigo, Salamanca and Osasuna. On 22 May 2008 he was finally awarded his permit, allowing him the chance to play in England. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger immediately confirmed Vela would be involved in the first-team in the coming seasons, and he made his competitive debut for the north London outfit on 30 August 2008 in their Premier League match against Newcastle, coming on as a substitute for Robin van Persie in the 63rd minute. On his full debut on 23 September, Vela scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Sheffield United in the Carling Cup. During his stay at Osasuna, Vela made his full international debut for Mexico in a September 2007 friendly against Brazil. On 18 October 2007, Vela scored his first senior international goal for Mexico in a friendly against Guatemala played in Los Angeles.