Arsenal’s forgotten man may be making a surprise move to the Premier League after years in Spain.
Wellington Silva, the Brazilian striker who Arsenal signed in 2011, has finally been awarded a Spanish passport, and will be able to move to the Premier League in January.
Silva, who has been on loan at various Spanish clubs including Levante, Alcoyano, Ponteferradina and Murcia, is currently on loan in Andalusia, at Almeria.
He has now been in Spain for long enough to qualify for a Spanish passport, and when he has that he will no longer need a work permit to play in England.
While Arsenal fans may question the ability of the striker to cut it at the top level after so long bouncing around the bottom of La Liga, the striker himself is very confident he will be making the move to England once his passport application is complete.
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“Thing are starting to move again. It was tough enough, but now with the passport I can have a chance to return to Arsenal,” the striker told Brazilian paper Globo Esporte. “I’m very excited for the passport soon. In two months it’s ready… I would be very happy if I could be an idol a a club like Arsenal.”
Silva is only 21, but his lack of top level experience will make Arsenal fans pessimistic about his potential to cut it in the Premier League. The next step will probably be a loan move to a smaller Premier League or Championship club. If Silva excels there, he might finally get a chance in the Arsenal first team, more than four years after he was signed.