Arsenal’s former striker Carlos Vela said he had “three bad years” in England – and can’t wait to leave the Gunners.
Mexican international Vela has joined arsenal As a teenager in 2005, he spent most of his football education on loan from various Spanish sites.
He had two seasons with the Gunners and scored 11 goals in 64 games before getting a miserable loan at West Brom, in which he scored just two league goals in eight games.
It was only when he came to Real Sociedad on loan in 2011 that this was the case Vela started to start, and after making the move permanent a year later, he started a successful career at San Sebastian, scoring 73 goals in 250 games.
Vela, currently playing for Los Angeles FC in the MLS, has now lifted the relief he felt when he finally secured a deal to leave Arsenal.
He said he really wanted to go to take the chance – even though he knew nothing about the Basque Country where Sociedad is based.
“The most important part of my life came in San Sebastian: my new family,” said 31-year-old Vela in an interview GQ.
“I came from three years in London that I couldn’t adapt to. I don’t know how to explain it specifically. It was a place I can’t remember well. I wanted to get out of there.
“After three years of bad life, I started enjoying my football there again England.
“I didn’t know anything about the Basque Country. I wanted to go so much that when I heard that I had a good offer to play and leave England, I said: ‘I love it! Yes, let’s go!'”
Vela has made a name for himself as a sniper in the MLS and recently scored a stunning chip to spoil the party in Inter Miami’s first game.
Since moving to the franchise in 2018, he has scored 57 goals for LAFC in 71 games.
Vela scored 19 goals in 72 games for Mexico and helped them win the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2009 and 2015 before retiring from international football.