Gunners given green light to sign Mexican striker

Arsenal have today moved a step close to completing the permanent signing Mexican striker Carlos Vela after the player was granted a work permit today.

The 19-year old spent last season on loan at Spanish side Osasuna scoring three goals in 23 appearances.

The Mexican international has three caps for his country and is widely regarded as one of the country's hottest prospects. Vela joined Arsenal back in 2005 but was ineligible for a work permit at the time.

I have seen and heard many good things about this player. "Carlos has played the whole season at Osasuna on the left-wing and he had to work hard there," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. "But for me it is not his position. He is a central striker, an Eduardo type. He is a great young player."