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Vela heads to Osasuna

Vela heads to Osasuna
By Eurosport

04/08/2007 at 13:19Updated

Osasuna have snapped up young striker Carlos Vela on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal.

The highly-rated Mexican is not allowed to play for the Gunners due to a work permit problem, but a loan move to Salamanca allowed him to experience European football last season.

The 18-year-old was brought to Europe in 2005 when Arsene Wenger paid £2.5 million to Guadalajara for the youngster's services.

Vela netted eight times for the Segunda Division club last term and he went on to star for Mexico in the Under-20 World Cup in Canada this summer.

Osasuna finished 14th in La Liga last season but enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Sevilla.

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