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Both Vela & Bendtner To Leave Arsenal?

Vela and Bendtner have expressed desires to omve out of Arsenal. What will their fates be?


The past week was a good one for Arsenal. The club moved to a position from where it could realistically win the League Cup and may be even use it as a springboard for further success. The Gunners also won at Villa Park 4-2, a result that was imperative to boost the players’ confidence after rotten results against the Spurs and Braga. However, a discordant note among the sweet symphony that was last week came in the form of the news that Carlos Vela, Arsenal’s young Mexican striker may be looking for a move from the Emirates if he does not get ample first team opportunities with his current employers.

The news was definitely saddening, the young Mexican being one of the promising and hugely talented players in the squad. In a squad which has Robin van Persie, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela feels he may not get the opportunity to showcase his awesome skills and moves.

The news that Vela is looking to move reminded me of the news circuits a few months ago. They seemed to suggest that Nicklas Bendtner may be looking to move out of the Emirates citing lack of opportunities. Taking both these news items by their face value, things do not look to be too rosy for Arsenal as the two young strikers seem to be looking for greener pastures elsewhere. The situation is especially bad considering that in the main senior team, Arsenal have only four forwards, with Eduardo having joined Shakthar Donetsk in August.

If the news about both Vela and Bendtner are to be believed, Arsenal might soon find themselves choosing between the Mexican and Dane. The club surely cannot afford to let both the players go but Arsenal might find it tough to keep two disgruntled players in the camp.

Vela and Bendtner have been creating a dichotomy of sorts at Arsenal for quite some time now. The two players are of distinctly two types and their styles could be said to be of contrasting natures. Vela is small, of slight build. He is quick and blessed with a silky touch and has a bag full of tricks. Bendtner on the other hand is tall and strong and brings the physical element in the box.

Over the course of their tenure at Arsenal the two players have had varying reception with the fans. Bendtner’s almost criminal wastefulness in front of goal has not gone down well with Gooners and not many of them would be shedding a tear if the Dane were to shed the red and white. The forward would not be fancied to score in any sitter, such has been his history. Though he brings an added dimension to the Arsenal game with his physique and has a great ability to get in to great positions, he has made almost nothing with these assets at Arsenal.

Added to this, the fans are frequently subjected to proclamations from the man as to how he would be the top scorer for Arsenal one day and how he would win the golden boot at a World Cup.

Vela on the other hand is a fine finisher, someone you would trust to slot the ball past a defender and a goal keeper. However, the facet of the game which has been against Vela is the physical aspect. Maybe because he is of a slight build, he goes down frequently, often in the box. Some of these have been seen as too soft and even as theatrics. In fact, this fact was best displayed in the game against Braga when he was penalised for diving when it was a legitimate penalty.

In the Premier League, arguably the most physical league in the world, this aspect of Vela often stands against him. One can often observe Vela crowded out and even physically intimidated by large defenders almost every club seems to have. He looks like a lost schoolboy in a huge park among the big and the burly.

Other than his physique, Vela is a fine player. Though he was wasteful against Wigan in the League Cup, Vela’s skills and assets have been on display for long. He has performed credibly in most of the opportunities he has been given. In fact, rumour has it that clubs from Spain are already in touch with the young Mexican. One does not hear of offers made to Bendtner, though.

Vela is clearly the better player when compared to Bendtner. The major advantage that Bendtner offered Arsenal was his physique and the ability to win headers. However, with the arrival of Marouane Chamakh the scenario has changed. Now, not only does Arsenal have a man to nod the ball in, he can do it a whole lot better than Bendtner. The Morroccan is currently the top scorer for Arsenal this season while Bendtner struggle to make it on to the bench.

Meanwhile, Vela offers a quality and dimension that is not be found in van Persie or Chamakh. He is a classic modern Arsenal player. A player who can pass, dribble and score while he moves as if he is floating. Vela should be the higher priority for Arsenal if they are forced to let one of the substitute forwards go.

Currently, Arsenal feature as its forwards Robin van Persie, Marouane Chamakh, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner. Four forwards just may not be enough to mount a successful challenge for the league title, though one may argue that Arsenal have added option of Theo Walcott. Arsenal would need at least five forwards in its team, one more than the number they currently possess. If Vela or Bendtner want to leave that would leave Wenger with the task of finding two forwards who can carry the Arsenal mantle.



  1. Davi

    December 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I thought vela was fantastic against wigan. Yes, he missed that chance, but we know he is well capable of finishing, the big difference is that since we switched to 4-3-3, vela wasnt getting into those positions so often.
    On top of that he showed his playmaking and passing skills in setting up bendtner’s goal (brilliant pass that pires would have been proud of btw) and a couple of other chances, including the one walcott curled very narrowly wide.
    Bendtner is a bit less technically gifted but is still able to bring others into the game well, and has actually played some brilliant passes in his time at arsenal, as well as a fair few nice goals.
    I still think nicklas can be a really top player for arsenal if he knuckles down and works hard in each game, as chamakh does, but I agree, given the choice I would MUCH rather he left than carlos vela. Carlos has world class potential imo. Of our young players who I’ve seen a bit of, I’d only say that about vela, wilshere, ramsey and gibbs (and would have said it about merida). To let carlos leave now would be nuts. PLAY HIM WENGER!

  2. Jack

    December 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

    why do you think arsenal would need at least five strikers for a one striker formation? and why would any further good quality strikers move to arsenal just to sit on the bench behind van persie and chamakh?

    furthermore, alex ferguson favours having four good quality strikers in a two striker formation for the season, and hes been pretty successful, why should arsenal need 5 to fill one slot? i think 4 is enough, and if one of the two aforementioned players wants to leave, let them and either promote from the reserves (such as JET) or replace them with a similar calibre player of similar value and we wont lose anything.

  3. yloops

    December 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

    this is such a biased article… it fails to pic up on almost any of positives for bendtner, including the many important goals he scored… When all our strikers were injured bar vela and arsharvin was being played up front, who came back (still injured i should add) and score so many important goals … Vela is good but in a 4-3-3 formation i dont think it works for him!

    • Davi

      December 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      I agree 4-3-3 hasnt been kind to vela, but he’s not even 22 I dont think, and he played left mid in spain and did very well. There’s no need to considergetting rid of him over something as trivial as the formation when he has all the tools to play in our system. He just needs time on the pitch to adapt.
      It’s fair to point out all that bendtner has done. Some important goals and strong performances when we’ve really needed him. To be honest you could make a strong case to say he’s done more with his opportunities than theo walcott, but vela has had nothing like the opportunities those two have had.

  4. bc

    December 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I think we could let them both go and replace them in the squad with JET and Wellington. We could use the cash raised to spend where we really need it DM and CH. If the manager feels that JET and Wellington are not up to occassional appearances against the smaller teams or in the minor cups, then he will have to replace them, Eden Hazard, Romelu, Lukaku, Carlton Cole, Honda, Luis Suarez, Loic Remy, Santa Cruz, even SWP could all fit the bill

  5. daniel

    December 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Why do we need 5 fowards????? Arsenal play with one central striker and two wide attacking players. Arsene has the problem now of where to place RVP in the starting 11. Only bendtner will get a chance to prove himself in this position if injurys hit, Vela can only play wide. Sell both, buy a top class centre back and goalkeeper to improve the team on a whole. We have Jay Emmanuel-Thomas coming threw the ranks which he has shown alot of promise.

    • Davi

      December 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      I think he said he was looking forward to playing chamakh and rvp together. We played a very attacking 4-4-2 against wigan with theo and vela on the wings. It was really strange. At times it was like 442, but sometimes rvp dropped back into a fabregas role to make it 433, but then again at times it was 424 with all the forwards attacking. Maybe this is a sign wenger is going to start switching formations. I think this would be a good thing. Utd are able to play 442 and 433 with ease and it keeps opponents guessing.

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  7. nick

    December 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    agree with BC – Lukaku and suarez would be ideal-
    Lukaku will be one of the best players on the planet, and suarez is an excellent finisher, good team player and can handle himself..

  8. blon

    December 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    How do you know Lukaku Hazard cole honda suarez remy cruz or even SWP will do so much better thatn Bendtner and Vela? The first hotshots has never played in PL. people say Hazard and Lukaku are huge talets??? Well so is Vela. Suarez i do not rate, remy may but only may make it. CIty wont sell players to a direct riva(dooh) and cole is not good enough. Honda is unproven.

    Lukaku, HAzard are deffinelty not up to a starting place at mighty aresenal. They are no Wayne Rooneys, they are talented young kids, but not finished articles, they are not as good as Wilshire and Cesc or rooney or even Rodwell. And if you are not that good you dont stamp your mark as a 19 year old.
    So no thank you . Jet and SIlva is as good …

  9. Giddy

    December 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    It will be suicide to let C.vella live arsenal. Honestly vela is a very good player but the reason why wenger keeps this guy on bench has never been clear to me. Nicklas is also a very good player considering his years but needs to work hard.

  10. steve

    December 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    to be fair to vela and bendtner, arsenal has to let them go if they feel they can do better elsewhere. arsenal then can go get a striker who will put into the net the loads of chances the others create. the others can do their silky touches, fantastic passes and score the nice goals but they need a hungry predator – and it doesn’t matter to me if he scores with his shin, shoulder and backside and is uglier than shrek.

  11. Omaita

    December 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    @bc swp? Carlton cole? U r joking! Vela is 4 sure the better player.. Bendtner has never shown me any class, & even if you say he scored some vital (what’s a striker’s job anyway) i thnk he’s not even half the player chamakh is. Vela needs more chances to prove himself

  12. danny

    December 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    we have arsharvin so that makes it 5 strikers plus theo can play there that makes it 6, we have jet and wellington on the fringes 8 and afobe coming through 9, how can you say we dont have enough strikers to compete for the league. And bendtner is a good player he will be needed we are in 4 competitions and he will score goals as he did some very important ones last season,vela has big talent but he needs to make the step up now he needs to really shine whenever he gets his chance a decent performance from him isnt gonna get him anywhere. We have enough attacking players to win the league. I am a massive fan of lukuku and hazard tho but to the person who mentioned swp and santa cruz your talkin mess mate

  13. D

    December 5, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Vela’s “awesome skills”.

    Erm. Yeah.

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