Carlos Vela says he won't rule out the possibility of making a return to Arsenal, with the Mexico international insisting his future is in Arsene Wenger's hands.
Vela made the move to Real Sociedad after spending four loan spells away from the Gunners between 2005 and 2012, but the 23-year-old harbours an ambition to make a move back to the Emirates if Wenger will take him.
And after scoring nine goals in 21 matches, as well as contributing five assists, Vela says he hopes Arsenal are taking notice of his performances for the Spanish outfit.
"I don't rule it out,'" he said, according to Metro. "They have a clause to buy me back - you put that in the contract for a reason. I don't know if anything will happen, it is out of my hands, but I know Arsenal have come to see my games."
Wenger admitted that Arsenal will have more money to spend this year than in seasons past, and if he likes the look of Vela he would surely be able to afford the £3.5 million fee.
Wilshere Keen To Use Chelsea Inspiration
Jack Wilshere says he feels inspired by Chelsea's win in the Champions League last season, and hopes the Gunners can emulate the Blues by overcoming their poor domestic form to reach the latter stages in Europe.
The Blues finished outside the top four last season, but their win over Bayern in the Champions League final turned their season from disappointing into wildly successful.
And Wilshere wants to use the inspiration to help the Gunners overcome their disappointing FA Cup loss to Blackburn and show they are serious about being European champions.
"I think that was an inspiration for everyone," he told the Arsenal website. "They weren't having a good season and they got a bit lucky in some games but showed great character.
"We need to do that now. We need to come together as a team. We've got good leaders here. We've got a good team atmosphere here and I think that's going to help us now."