By Chris Harris

According to Arsène Wenger, Carlos Vela showed enough against Newcastle to suggest that he will be a major asset for Arsenal.

The Mexican youngster emerged from the bench for the final half-hour of Saturday's 3-0 win and immediately caused problems for the visitors with his close control and willingness to run at defenders. It was Vela's first competitive appearance for the Club and an impressive one at that.

The 19-year-old joined Arsenal from Celta Vigo in January 2007 but only linked up with his new club this summer following loan spells in Spain with Salamanca and Osasuna. Now Vela is fully integrated into Arsenal's first-team squad and Wenger expects great things from him.

"Yes, he looks like another one for the future," said the Frenchman.

"He is 19 years of age, he was born in 1989, and when you look at these players and what they can do at that age, I think it is very positive for the future of the Club."

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2 Sep 2008