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Dec 10, 2009

Vela agrees new deal, Bendtner out till New Year

Carlos Vela has committed his future to Arsenal after signing a new, long-term contract at the club.

Vela, 20, is a full Mexico international and has made 38 first-team appearances for Arsenal since making his debut last season after a loan spell in Spain with Celta Vigo.

Arsene Wenger said on the club's official website: "We're delighted that Carlos Vela has signed a new long-term contract with the club. Carlos is a fantastic talent and we have already seen glimpses of this during his performances.

"Let's remember, he is still only 20 years old, so there is still a huge amount to come from this boy. We have invested a lot of time in Carlos, as we put him in Spain for two years to get some good experience. Now he's back with us, we're working hard with him every day and he is a very exciting player. We're looking forward to seeing Carlos score many goals in an Arsenal shirt for a long time to come."

Vela added: "I'm very happy to sign a new contract and I'm very excited to be spending more years with Arsenal Football Club. I just want to work hard and help this great club win trophies. I want to stay here for a long time and it's a great responsibility. I will keep working hard to show the boss and all the fans why I'm here."

Vela follows Eduardo, Sanchez Watt, Alex Song, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in committing his long-term future to Arsenal this season.

Meanwhile, Wenger has revealed that Bendtner is not expected to return this month as he continues his comeback from a groin injury.

"Let's say the New Year (for him)," Wenger said. "It is quite disappointing because he looked quite sharp."

Bendtner has not feaured since the 3-0 win over Tottenham on October 31.

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