According to an ESPNSoccerNet.com transfer news piece, Vela has officially "completed a move" to Real Sociedad after playing last season with the team, on loan from Arsenal. The transaction has now been made official, and the 23-year-old striker will no longer play for the Gunners.
"Vela, 23, spent last season on loan with Sociedad and now completes a permanent move away from Emirates Stadium for an undisclosed fee."
Arsenal's official Twitter account had confirmed the move as well.
Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Carlos Vela has completed a move to Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee: arsenal.com/news/news-arch…— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 10, 2012
The move is one that outright benefits the top-notch striker. In his tenure with Arsenal, since 2005, he was unable to impress enough to play significant minutes on the pitch for this powerhouse English side. Yet it is their mistake to let such a solid attacking talent go.
He had just four appearances in Premier League play in the 2010-11 season, all of which he came in the game as a substitute and scored just one goal. In the 2009-10 season, where he had 10 appearances as a substitute, he again had just one goal in league play.
Vela now joins forces with Real Sociedad, where he had the strongest year of his career last season. He scored 12 goals in 35 appearances, as there was no question he was the type of striker that fit well with the game plan this team puts forth.
They are an up-and-coming team that upped itself three spots in the La Liga table, and produced a 12-11-15 record after going 14-3-21. They have shown a load of potential the last two seasons, and can now finally put it to use next season with Vela up front.
Vela has played his best soccer with this team, and Real Sociedad is in need of an offensive boost. Make no mistake, the two fit hand-in-hand, and are set to do wonders in the upcoming season.