Silva: I hope to realise Arsenal dream

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On-loan Murcia striker Wellington Silva has set his sights on an Arsenal breakthrough by the start of next season, as he moves closer to being granted a European passport, reports Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old Brazilian signed for the Gunners from Fluminense in January 2010, but his lack of visa prevented him from kick-starting his career in north London.

As a result, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was forced to send the South American starlet out on loan away from the Emirates Stadium, taking in spells in Spain with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and now Murcia.

Silva has continued to impress in the Segunda División, and now feels he's ready to test himself in the Premier League, as soon as all the necessary paperwork has been processed.

"The process to the get the passport is already under way," he explained in an interview with Lancenet.

"The Spanish law says that to request the documents you have to have been here two years. In January 2014, it will be three years so I think they will be ready.

"The pre-season in England starts in July and I'll have a passport by then.

"I hope to have the opportunity to achieve my dream of playing for Arsenal. The team is strong and I hope to fit in well."

Silva will have been looking on with interest, after Arsenal's impressive start to the season cemented their place at the Premier League summit.

And, after last night's 0-0 draw with title rivals Chelsea, Wenger's men ensured they'll stay joint-top alongside Liverpool at Christmas, going into Thursday's Boxing Day fixtures.

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