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Quincy relishing Spartak chance

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 01/02/06 3:19pm

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Quincy Owusu-Abeyie says the signings of Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott signalled the end of his Arsenal career.

The Holland Under-21 star joined Russian side Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day and the 19-year-old says his lack of chances at Highbury prompted him to leave.

Arsene Wenger brought two new forwards to the club during the January transfer window and Oqusu-Abeyie says he had to leave to be sure of playing.

"I'm a young player and I need serious playing time at a high level," he told Sport-Express.

"Spartak have a chance to play in the Champions League next season. I understood that I needed to change my situation and I've joined a good team.

"Everything has been decided for about a week. Many European clubs were interested in me but Arsenal had refused all the offers.

"But the situation changed a week ago. Arsenal have signed two players who can play at my position - (Emmanuel) Adebayor and (Theo) Walcott.

"After that my move became possible and Spartak have made an offer quicker than the others."

Spartak sporting director Vladimir Fedotov said that he spotted Owusu-Abeyie at the Youth World Cup last year and was impressed with his skills.

"I saw Owusu-Abeyie at the Youth World Cup last summer," said Fedotov.

"He was one of the best players at that tournament. He is a very quick player with good dribbling."

Meanwhile, Spanish side Celta Vigo have signed Arsenal's young Mexican striker Carlos Vela on loan until the end of the season.

The Gunners bought the rights to the player last year after he impressed in the World Under-17 Championships in Peru.

The Guadalajara marksman has not yet made it to Highbury and will now head for Spain to link-up with Celta for some valuable experience.

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