Arsenal have confirmed that Mexico international striker Carlos Vela has signed a new long-term contract.
Vela, 20, joined the Gunners in January 2007, but spent the next year-and-a-half on loan in Spain with the likes of Salamanca and Osasuna.
The skilful striker made his Arsenal debut last season and showed fans his vast potential with a blistering Carling Cup hat-trick against Sheffield United.
Vela has featured more prominently under manager Arsene Wenger this season, making eight first-team appearances while he is also a regular for his county having won 19 caps.
"We're delighted that Carlos Vela has signed a new long-term contract with the club," Wenger told the club's official website. "Carlos is a fantastic talent and we have already seen glimpses of this during his performances.
"Let's remember, he is still only 20 years old, so there is still a huge amount to come from this boy. We have invested a lot of time in Carlos, as we put him in Spain for two years to get some good experience.
"Now he's back with us, we're working hard with him every day and he is a very exciting player. We're looking forward to seeing Carlos score many goals in an Arsenal shirt for a long time to come."
Vela is thrilled to commit his long-term future and is looking forward to helping the club win their first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.
"I'm very happy to sign a new contract and I'm very excited to be spending more years with Arsenal," said the Mexican starlet.
"I just want to work hard and help this great club win trophies. I want to stay here for a long time and it's a great responsibility.
"I will keep working hard to show the boss and all the fans why I'm here."