Time to give the Mexican a wave on the bigger stage, Arsène

Those of you who have read Addict for a while will know that in the summer, this site speculated that Carlos Vela would win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award this season.

His was not the only impressive performance last night, of course, and goalscorers tend to hog the limelight disproportionately.

But Vela announced himself on the unsuspecting public in dramatic fashion and I don’t think Arsène Wenger is going to be able to hold him back.

His first touch was sublime, his willingness to try the sort of shot that gave him his second goal was audacious to say the least and his single-minded eye for goal a joy to behold. And he belongs to The Arsenal!

We all know how exciting a crop of players the Gunners have assembled over the past couple of years – and credit must got to Liam Brady and Wenger for creating such a promising legacy.

Whether all of them will go on to establish themselves at Arsenal remains to be seen – and it puts it all into context when the likes of Theo Walcott and Denilson are considered too senior to play a Carling Cup role.

Wenger believes Vela will develop into a centre-forward in much the same fashion as Eduardo, and he has many of the same traits.

But in the meantime, with more senior players such as Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo all carrying injuries of differing severity, I hope Wenger realises that Vela has what it takes to play on the left right now.

He carried out that role with aplomb last season for Osasuna and with his pace, eye for goal, and, most importantly, his ability to track back and try to help out defensively, he has what it takes to establish himself now. If he can take Real Madrid’s defence apart in La Liga, nothing is beyond him.

Just as importantly, we have another attacking option for when one of our senior strikers are injured. Given his stuttering early season form and succession of injuries, Robin Van Persie may well be slightly concerned this morning.

There is no doubt the Dutchman is a class act, but Wenger has shown that reputations count for nothing and if he needs some inspiration when a game is not going our way, he only has to give the Mexican a wave.

And to those who have questioned Wenger’s reluctance to spend last summer: Arsène Knows.

Last night proves why star signings are not required, and I for one am happy to wait to see the Arsenal machine sweep all ahead of it aside.