Forever exemplifying frugality that makes Scrooge McDuck look as frivolous as Rich Pennybags of Monopoly fame, Arsene Wenger plans to bolster Arsenal’s depleted striker stocks by exercising the £3m buy-back clause he had inserted into Real Sociedad’s deal to sign Carlos Vela.
Reports in Spain suggest the Mexican is keen to prove himself in the Premier League after underwhelming during his first stint with the north London club.
After firing just three top-tier goals for the Gunners, the 25-year-old was loaned out to the Basque outfit who taught him the fine art of net locating and from then on the goals have been gushing.
Erreala extracted 12 league strikes from the player during his maiden campaign.
So impressed were they that they made the move permanent and since then Vela has gone on to bag 29 La Liga goals in two years.
With one game remaining in the current Spanish domestic season, the 35-cap international’s tally stands at 15 and, probably equally impressive as far as Wenger is concerned, 12 assists.
Such form has prompted Arsenal – 11/25 to beat Hull in the FA Cup final – to consider letting Vela have a slurp in the second chance saloon and, before disgruntled Gooners fly off the handle at more perceived thriftiness compromising the club’s ability to land top quality talents, they should consider this trio of hatchet-buriers who prospered upon re-signing for a former team.
Duncan Ferguson – Everton
Toffees’ terrace sweetheart Duncan Disorderly enjoyed an FA Cup success in his first period on Merseyside.
After the briefest of hiatuses at Newcastle, Ferguson returned to Goodison Park in 2000 and helped steer his David Moyes-instructed side into an unprecedented Premier League top-four finish.
Juninho – Middlesbrough
The pocket-sized playmaker from Brazil captivated fans of Boro and beyond following his 1995 arrival on Teesside with his bewildering feet and a trick repertoire that runs amok on Dynamo’s portfolio.
He returned for two extra terms after his initial exit, the third of which saw him play an integral role in the north-easterners 2004 League Cup win, the only major trophy the club has ever hoisted.
Mathieu Flamini – Arsenal
As combative and energetic as in his first spell, the former AC Milan and Marseille enforcer played a key role in the Gunners’ early-season defensive stringency.
Should he end the campaign festooned with an FA Cup winners’ medal, as the odds insinuate he will, Flamini’s second north London tenure will have been as decorated as the first.