Now he has been given the green light to play for the Gunners in 2008/09 and will link up with the Premier League club for pre-season training in July.
Arsene Wenger has high hopes for Vela and recently hinted he could fill in for injured Croatia forward Eduardo.
"Vela will be involved with the first-team next season. He has played the whole season at Osasuna on the left wing and he had to work hard there," Wenger said. "But for me it is not his position, he is a central striker, an Eduardo type. He is a great young player."