Confirmed: Arsenal midfielder makes Spanish switch

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Arsenal starlet Samuel Galindo is moving back to Spain, joining Gimnastic De Tarragona on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old Bolivian international spent last season in the second tier of Spanish football with Salamanca, and the official Arsenal website confirmed he's returning to the Segunda Division with NĂ stic this term, subject to final clearance.

Galindo joined the Gunners from Real America in 2010, and has made senior appearances for an Arsenal XI this pre-season against Woking and Stevenage.

However, predicted problems over a work permit made the player's chances of playing for Arsenal slim this term, although Galindo revealed last year that he harbors ambitions to represent the North Londoners at senior level in the future.

“It’s been very hard work with all the issues with the paperwork," he said back in October 2010.


"It is difficult for a player out of South America because there are many bureaucratic problems. It took a lot but I’m here.

“Arsenal? it is a dream. The truth is that I didn’t expect it. When they announced their interest, it really touched me. Now it is a reality and I have to prove they made the right decision to sign me.”

It remains to be seen if Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal club captain, will follow Galindo to Spain this summer.

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