Arsenal forward Carlos Vela going on loan to West Bromwich Albion

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 11: Carlos Vela of Mexico appeals to the linesman after his goal was ruled offside during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal have loaned Mexican forward Carlos Vela to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, according to the club's official site.  Vela has previously gone on loan to Salamanca and Osasuna in Spain, but this move will see him stay in the Premier League with an eye towards gaining more experience against top-flight opposition.

"Carlos is a top quality player and at the moment we have too many strikers...He does not get the games he deserves and he needs to play," said manager Arsène Wenger in the official site's report.

Vela has seen limited action this season after featuring heavily in the Carling Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League last year.  His move to West Brom should be positive, given enough playing time, as manager Roberto di Matteo has the Baggies playing a fast-paced, attacking brand of football this year in a bid to make their promotion to the Premier League last more than a year.

Albion sit in 16th place at the moment, having the league's most leaky defense (43 goals against), but they have scored in bursts against, amongst others, Arsenal, this year.  The addition of Vela to their attack should help, as he can combine with top scorer Peter Odemwingie to great effect.

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