goals in five appearances in the Carling Cup during his first two years at the club.

As you may recall, that’s the competition in which his scarce starts have come, and on all those occasions, Vela turned up for the show with some magical moments (like the chip against Wigan).

Even so, those exploits have somehow failed to earn him starts in the Premier League.

Portsmouth away in 2009 and Blackburn away earlier this year were the only matches in which the Mexican got the nod from Wenger. And even in those two starts, Vela managed a goal – which came at Fratton Park.

The 21-year-old has now chosen to make the most out of his substitute appearances and just like he did on the final day of last season against Fulham, the former Chivas whiz-kid produced the moment of the match off the bench against Bolton today.

That is three goals in just two league starts. International duties have not helped his chances in terms of fitness, but you would have to think a certain talent is being wasted on the bench when he is available and overlooked.


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