Arsenal striker Carlos Vela admits Barcelona signing Cesc Fabregas struggled to cope with his transfer controversy.

Vela also left the Gunners last month, on-loan to Real Sociedad.

"We speak very often," the 22-year-old Mexcio international said. "We made good friends at Arsenal and keep in touch. He is very happy at Barcelona.

"He is about to have a new experience and a great time in his life and career and hopefully all will go well because he is a great professional and a great person.

"But he had a hard time leaving because Arsenal treated him very well and he was much loved."

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