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Jun 10, 2014

Sociedad: Carlos Vela back to Arsenal

Carlos Vela scored 16 goals for Real Sociedad last season.

Carlos Vela will return to Arsenal next season, the president of the forward's current club, Real Sociedad, said on Tuesday.

The Gunners can activate a clause in the former Mexican international's contract to bring him back to the Emirates, and Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay confirmed the move, telling Spanish radio station Cadena SER: "Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season."

Vela, 25, previously played for Arsenal from 2008-2010. He initially joined Sociedad on loan before securing a permanent deal two years ago.

He excelled this season, scoring 16 goals in 34 games, prompting Arsenal to call him back for a reported 3.5 million pounds.

Vela was not selected to join Mexico's World Cup squad after repeatedly declining call-ups during qualifying.

On Vela's future, his Mexico teammate Andres Guardado believes he would be a good replacement for reported Chelsea target Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid

Guardado said: "It is difficult to replace Diego Costa, and also to arrive after Atletico have won La Liga. Unfortunately such a situation can be counter-productive for a new player arriving.

"But Simeone is a coach who does not let anyone relax. This would be very good for Vela, and I believe he could play at a very good level at Atletico."

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