Vela wants to avoid Arsenal Champions League clash

Real Sociedad attacker Carlos Vela is hoping that his side can avoid Arsenal in the Champions League play-off rounds.

Vela left the Gunners for Spain in 2012 after a six-year stint in North London, however the 24-year-old believes that meeting his former employers in the play-offs would make the tie more complicated for him than it would need to be.

Since moving to La Liga Vela has found his scoring form netting 26 goals in two years for the club. However Sky Sports are reporting that the rewards for the attacker’s hard work has meant that he has been put in a difficult situation facing the Champions League draw next week as both his current employers and former club will be in the hat.

Vela started his career in his native Mexico with Guadalajara before being snapped up by Arsene Wenger in 2005. His six years at Arsenal saw him loaned out to Salamanca, Osasuna, West Brom and Sociedad before he joined the Txuri-urdin (White Blues) permanently last season. The play-off round for this year’s European competition will take place August 9.

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