Along with the mercurial Jack Wilshire, Carlos Vela remains the stand-out individual from Tuesday night’s Carling Cup win.
The Mexican hitman had whetted our appetites already with his fine performance against Sheffield United, and it seems only a matter of time before he is considered a regular in the first team squad.
One report today from someone at Osasuna said he has to work on his consistency, and I noted a significant drop in his involvement after he missed a great chance midway through the first half, denied by Chris Kirkland as he tried to go round the Wigan goalkeeper.
But the way he took his goal in the second half was actually quite predictable, given that he did something similar against the Blades, and it underlines what a special player we have on our hands.
No wonder Arsène Wenger thinks he is such a prospect.
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On reflection, although I still think Nic Bendtner could have done more with the chances he had against M*nure last Saturday, I agree that he did cause some problems and held the ball up pretty well.
It’s arguable whether Manu Adebayor would have done much better, given how much his form dropped in recent weeks – and the break for injury will hopefully re-ignite that determination in him that we saw when he first arrived.
Vela has already shown in cameos that he has what it takes to cope in the Premier League, though Wenger is notoriously slow in giving young prodigies too many opportunities.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger reverts to the formation we used last weekend, with Bendtner being supported by Abou Diaby.
But Aston Villa have lost their last two Premier League games and, with John Carew struggling, may use Gabriel Agbonlahor as a lone striker with Ashley Young playing a supporting role.
The best way to counter that would be to attack and keep the Villa midfield and defence pinned back.
I would love Wenger to be brave and give Vela a starting berth alongside Bendtner, but I can’t see it happening.
Sadly, despite scoring two goals, I don’t think Jay Simpson has a future at Arsenal. He took his chances well and has the pace and strength to make a great career for himself.
Maybe he has the same prospects as Bendtner but I have a strong feeling that Wenger doesn’t fancy him. He hasn’t even featured on the bench for us this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Carling Cup simply serves as a shop window for him.
Remember Anthony Stokes scoring goals every week when he went on loan to Scotland? He was quickly shipped out to Sunderland. Scotland isn’t the same as England and Simpson was player of the Year when he played for Millwall last season, but I don’t think Wenger is convinced.
Remember, Simpson only got his chance because Adebayor and RvP are out, meaning added game time for Bendtner. When Eduardo is back as well in a month, is he going to be happy as sixth choice striker behind Vela as well?
Who do you think should start in attack against Villa?