Wellington Silva is hoping to finally get his chance at Arsenal this season, with the Brazilian forward spending four years on loan after signing for us back in 2011, as reported by ESPN.
The 22-year-old was signed from Fluminese, but due to work permit issues he has been unable to make the move to England. That has all changed this season however, and he could potentially line up alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil in 2015/16.
He is certainly keen to make his first appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League next season, and says that despite interest from other clubs in England, he wants to turn out for us.
“Of course, I want to be with Arsenal, but if I must be loaned again, I have no problem with that,” he said.
“There are two clubs in England that have already spoken with my agent, so I know I have those two options. I would like to play in England now, even if it isn’t for Arsenal, because I would like to learn more about the playing style there and get used to the league and the colder climate. I hope to show my potential.”
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It’s difficult to see where Silva will fit into our current side, as he is yet to show he has the quality to turn out for Arsenal. He has enjoyed decent spells on loan with some of the lesser La Liga sides, but it would take a lot for him to break into the first team.
He is well aware that the competition would be stiff if he made the move to the Emirates, but insists he would be patient.
“I think Walcott and Chamberlain have characteristics like mine, pretty good on the wing, players that can help strengthen the defence for an under-pressure team. I would have to be calm if I got there, do my best and wait, without thinking that I have to be convincing to someone,” he continued.
He is still young, and has plenty of time to reach the massive heights that were expected of him when we signed him as a teenager. Hopefully Arsene Wenger can nurture his talent at Arsenal, and turn him into a player good enough to wear the red and white.