With the 2013/2014 season over, there has been a lot of opinions by the media and also the fans over which summer signings Arsenal should make or which the Gunners should overlook.
Former Arsenal man and Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela, had in an interview with the press recently – said that he would be open to a move back to the Emirates by saying he “won’t close the door” on Arsenal.
The Mexican forward joined the Gunners in 2005 – but a work permit restrictions delayed his arrival until 2008.
But after an unsuccessful three years at the club, Vela was sold to Spanish side Real Sociedad for £2.5m with the deal including a £3.5m buy-back clause for Arsenal.
And with Vela having enjoyed the most productive season of his career in La Liga – netting 16 times in 37 appearances – Arsenal are set to activate the 25-year-old’s release fee.
When asked about the clause, Vela said: “It changes a lot.”
And Vela went onto insist it would not be very ‘intelligent’ if Arsenal failed to sign him.
“During the last two summers, Arsenal were not interested in activating it, so we had no trouble,” he said.
“It makes sense they will activate the clause now. A club that sees that a player is performing well for three years and has the chance of having him back for just an extra million.
“If Arsenal wouldn’t pay that amount they wouldn’t be very intelligent. If we put ourselves in their position we will do the same.
“Now, we have to analyse what can be done and how it can be done. And after putting everything in order, we will make a decision about my future; trying to choose the best way to be happy.”
He added: “Arsenal gave me the opportunity to come to Europe when I was 17. I didn’t have as many opportunities as I expected and I had to try new chances.
“If I have to return to London, I will try to make things in a different way in order so that happened in the past won’t be repeated again.
“Now I speak English. I know what I would find there and what I won’t, so I could handle my return in a different way.
“But today, I don’t know if I am going to return or not, we will see, it’s a matter of time.”
Vela, who has previously spent time on-loan at Osasuna and West Brom, is rated at £25m by Sociedad with a host of European clubs interested in securing his signature.
But Vela is well aware Arsenal hold all cards when it comes to his future.
“The happiness that I feel in San Sebastian will play an important role in my decision. I seek the best, not only for me but also for Arsenal,” Vela told El Diario Vasco.
“The Gunners are the owners of my rights. It’s a decision that must be taken with plenty of calm.
“Regarding a future deal, there are three parts and if they don’t reach an agreement, there will be problems and it will be difficult to solve.
“We have to find a solution that convinces the three part of this negotiation.
“Obviously, the opinion of the player is always important, because if I am not happy in a new destination it will be difficult to perform well.”