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Arsenal cult hero Carlos Vela ends European career in most perfect way possible

The Mexican striker has agreed to join LA Galaxy from Real Sociedad in January

Some players just know how to entertain.

And Carlos Vela definitely falls into that category.


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Vela waves goodbye to the Sociedad fans

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Vela waves goodbye to the Sociedad fans

Arsenal fans will remember his signature move fondly – the ability to seemingly chip the goalkeeper nonchalantly from anywhere.

Vela left Arsenal permanently in 2012 after a number of sporadic loan spells but then made Real Sociedad his home.

But the stylish Mexican has agreed to leave European football behind, joining LA Galaxy in January.

His team-mates throw him high in the air

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His team-mates throw him high in the air

And in his final game for Sociedad – and indeed in Europe – he produced the perfect farewell.

Vela was introduced as a 78th minute substitute for Sergio Canales with his side leading Sevilla 2-1.

Sociedad fans pay tribute to the striker

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Sociedad fans pay tribute to the striker

And he provided a golden moment, converting Inigo Martinez’s low cross in stoppage time to clinch all three points and score with his last touch for the club.

He was duly mobbed by his team-mates, who lifted him into the air after the final whistle:

Vela will go down as one of the most successful Mexicans in Spanish football, scoring 68 times from 200 starts.

He now joins international compatriot Giovani Dos Santos at LA Galaxy.


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