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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

World Cup player to watch - Mexico

The cosmopolitan nature of Arsenal's squad shows why this year's World Cup will be of particular interest to Premier League supporters. Fans can put aside national interest and follow the fortunes of the club players they see each week, or in the case of Mexico's potential star player, ones they only occasionally see in action.

Unless Gunners fans are lucky enough to see one of his league cameos or League Cup run-outs, Carlos Vela remains a mystical figure for supporters at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger uses the left-footed forward sparingly, even after recalling Vela from loan spells in La Liga. Even the injury crisis at the Emirates has yielded few opportunities for the player.

Although first-team opportunities at Arsenal have been few and far between you can bet on World Cup football being a priority for Vela. He certainly has the ability to make a big impression in South Africa. His clever movement, dribbling skills and eye for goal make him an attractive option for Javier Aguirre, although Mexico are strong in attack, with 21-year old Javier Hernandez a contender for Vela's place in the team.

However, Vela has that special ability to create something from nothing, trait of the best attacking players. He can create chances for others and is becoming known for scoring spectacular goals, both through individual dribbles and long range strikes. World Cup football 2010 could provide a stage for him to shine on.

A first round group containing France, Uruguay and South Africa suggests a fifth consecutive World Cup second round appearance is within Mexico's grasp. Their new generation of talent - Vela featured in the team that won the 2005 U17 World Cup - means they could go further this time around.

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