Arsenal prospect Wellington Silva has been in Spain for so long that he’s due to qualify for a European passport that will put an end to his work permit problems.
Signed from Fluminense in 2011, the Brazilian winger hasn’t been able to play competitively for the Gunners without the correct documentation (he was denied a ‘special talent visa’ by UK authorities a month after his arrival) and has subsequently embarked on loan spells with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and current club Almeria.
Wellington has hardly set the world alight over the last few years – his love of pizza being noted by annoyed officials at Levante – but he’s recently been called up to the Brazilian under-21 squad and retains hope of playing in London.
“It was not as I expected, but things are starting to move again,” Wellington told Globo Esporte about the impending Spanish passport.
“It was tough enough, but now with the passport I can have a chance to return to Arsenal. Doors now open at any country in Europe. Now more people are watching, including Arsenal themselves.
“I’m very excited for the passport soon. In two months it’s ready, and the opportunities become larger. I am very happy that things are starting to happen.
“I would be very happy if I could be an idol at a club like Arsenal, but I can no longer think about it, it depends on a lot of work. But I’m working to improve my game, my experience. And I will give my best so I can be a great player. I need to think of Almeria, which is also in a tough league. I want to have a great season here so that Arsenal can see.”
Wellington is under contract at Arsenal until the summer of 2016 meaning he still has some leeway before Arseblog News dubs him the ‘new Pedro Botelho‘.