Arsenal’s attacking prowess this season is one of the most exciting aspects of the entire squad, and there’s no point in hiding that fact – because it’s worth bragging about and getting excited over. Still, even with that being the case, it’s somewhat odd to see former Gunners forwards doing great things away from the club, and it makes you wonder about what could’ve been.
Serge Gnabry is a really obvious example, with his abilities being highlighted during his four goal showing against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League for Bayern Munich. However, on a weekend when Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United all lost games that they probably should’ve won, we still feel like our attention outside of the club is being drawn towards North America as opposed to anything else.
The reason for that is Carlos Vela, the Mexican sensation who spent seven years of his career and life with Arsenal Football Club. While he had a few bright moments during his time in North London he spent a lot of it out on loan, before eventually transitioning over to Spain with Real Sociedad. After being somewhat successful there he joined Los Angeles FC, a brand new expansion team in Major League Soccer.
Then, this season, he stunned the world by breaking the record for most goals in a single MLS campaign. The record officially came crashing down this weekend after he scored a hat-trick to help LAFC defeat Colorado Rapids, bringing his total to 34 goals in the regular season. As a result he broke Josef Martinez’s total, and now, he’ll be heading into the MLS Cup Playoffs with a great deal of momentum as LAFC attempt to continue their phenomenal season by lifting the MLS Cup trophy high.
“Always when I start the season, I dream high, but [it doesn’t] always happen,” Vela said. “This time everything was successful, everything was in a good way, and I really enjoyed every day of the season. I’m really happy for that.”
At the age of 30 there’s always the possibility that he could return to European football, but at this stage, why would he? The guy is in the form of his life, is closer to his home nation of Mexico, and seems to be inspired and determined to produce world class performances on a week to week basis. We’re jealous, but we’re super happy for him.
Are you happy for Carlos Vela?