Carlos Vela has joined West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger was looking to send the 21-year-old out on loan for the rest of the season and the Mexican international was heavily linked to move to Bolton Wanderers and La Liga side Valencia but has instead joined the Baggies for the rest of the term.
Speaking to West Brom’s official website, Albion manager Roberto di Matteo said : “I’d like to officially welcome Carlos, who is an exciting signing for this club.
“Carlos is a new attacking option for us who can play both centrally and in the wide areas.
“He also has great technical ability and pace and we’re hoping he can make a big impact during the remainder of the season.”
Arshavin too critical.
Arsene Wenger believes that Andrei Arshavin is too critical of himself.
Earlier this week Arshavin blamed his recent poor performances on old age and a lack of confidence but his manager believes the Russian will be back in-form sooner rather than later and stressed that he is in no hurry to see the 29-year-old leave the Emirates this season: “Sometimes we forget how good we are and more times than we are conscious of.
“Andrey is in that position, so we have to remind him how good he is.”
Wenger continued: “I am not concerned about Andrey’s form because if you look at the number of games he played Andrey is too harsh with himself. If you look at the best passers in the Premier League, he’s still up there.
He is not as consistent technically as we are used to but it is a lack of confidence because he is very harsh on himself.”
Xavi: Fab made for Barca.
Playing for Barcelona is Cesc Fabregas’ dream and it is written in his DNA, according to Barca midfielder Xavi.
Speaking to Eurosport the World Cup winner said the 23-year-old would fit well in the Barcelona midfield and would prosper for many years as a member of the Spanish champions: “I believe in life your dreams are above all, and his biggest dream is to be back at Barcelona. Arsenal have to find a financial agreement with Barcelona, but Cesc’s dream – and he said it publicly – is to play and triumph with Barcelona.
“He would adapt very easily at Barcelona. In fact, he grew up here in camp Barca, he has Barca DNA, and I would like to see him here. But it not only depends on us or him – it also depends on the clubs.”
Barcelona have been pursuing the Arsenal captain for some time now and had a £50million bid rejected in the summer and several reports in Spin suggest the Catalan club will resume their chase for Fabregas at the end of the season.