by Zain Shahid
Carlos Vela is presently at the bottom of the the preference list of the strikers at Arsenal and considering his quality it shows what a brilliant attack we have. He has got immense talent and the finishing we have seen from him in the Carling Cup just shows how good he is. I can bet Adebayor won’t be able to score the type of world class goals he scored! I will mention later on in this post why! Vela is, like Walcott was in his first couple of seasons at Arsenal, being deployed on the wing but there is no doubt that he is a world class striker in the making. He has at the moment become an impact substitute and has in the last three matches come on late and then lead Arsenal’s attack to win the games which had been in the balance before he came on. van Persie was all praise for the young Mexican:
“He brings pace, good technique and courage. I think [against Bolton] and in the last couple of weeks, he has been doing really well. “In training, he is doing the good stuff. He creates space for us because when he is on the ball, he can pass it short, in behind the strikers. So it’s all good stuff from him now.”
Now let’s move on to the player next in the starting preference order. Nicklas Bendtner. He has always had the support of Arsene Wenger even though on occasions his performances have not deserved such suuport! At the start of the season with his really good goals in the Carling Cup, one thought he has become the player that Wenger has repeatedly said he will become but as the season progressed we could see the same old Bendtner of last season and fans really were getting frustrated with him and I am sure even now nearly a third of the Gooners would say he should be sold. But recently he has started to do a bit well. He is improving but there is one thing, like defenders or goalkeepers there is not much time for strikers to make an impact. They need to do it early or go unnoticed. Players like Anelka, Henry, Torres, Rooney, Walcott and more recently Pato have made the impact in a very young age and Vela too has done that but Bendtner is past his teens, he really needs to do something to let it known to everyone how good he can be. But one thing that keeps me patient with him is the fact that if Wenger is sticking with him and has full confidence then he must have something in him. All I can say good luck to him. He needs to keep on improving which we have seen in the last few matches. Maybe if he too like Walcott and Vela is tried out on the wings then it might be good for his development. We have seen has recently done better on the wing than as a forward.