Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Carlos Vela battles for the ball in the first leg of the Champions League playoff against Lyon AFP Photo: JEFF PACHOUD Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger may be ruing the day he parted ways with Mexican striker Carlos Vela, as the Real Sociedad front man is proving to be a goal scoring machine. His abilities went unexploited at the Emirates. And in two seasons has scrapped his memories of London and has flourished his talents in San Sebastian. Vela opened his 2013-2014 La Liga season with a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Getafe. On Tuesday, Vela also played an influential role in Sociedad’s 2-0 Champions League victory over French side Lyon. Vela beaming in confidence is on the rise. The Cancun native has been one of the most consistent Mexican strikers in Europe in the last two seasons. And now that he is getting the playing time he sorely needed at Sociedad Vela is finally living up to his abilities. Deservingly, Vela is enjoying his success at San Sebastian after years of club struggles. A situation he was adamant on resolving before returning to the Mexican national team. Vela well situated in the starting eleven of manager Jagoba Arrasate’s side should really consider an Azteca return. If there was ever a time to revive his national team career, its now. September’s qualifiers are a great opportunity for him to vie for a spot in the World Cup roster. As he has missed more than half of the Hexagonal, a good showing in September against Honduras and the United States could make up for that abscence. But with the World club in sight, time is running out for Vela. The red hot striker has been missing in action for El Tri since 2011. Fans have called out for his return but Vela is yet to reappear. September will be a defining month for the striker. Should he snub another call up from Jose Manuel Chepo De La Torre then there really is no telling if he will make it to Brazil 2014. It is time for Vela and Mexico to put politics and petty differences aside. I do not believe that Vela is a solution or savior of the national team. But he is an asset, and has proven season after season to be a player that merits a spot on El Tri. It is only logical to use the best and brightest players at ones disposal. But, Vela will have the final say on whether he pursues a future with El Tri. A return from Vela could revive the morale of fans who have beckoned his return. I imagine a packed stadium awaiting Vela’s reappearance could very well make Honduras’s visit to Azteca a nightmare.

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