Arsenal could sell Wellington Silva despite work permit update

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could soon choose to offload Brazilian Wellington Silva despite the fact that the 22-year-old has finally been awarded a European passport.

The playmaker signed for the Gunners from Fluminense in 2011 but has been unable to feature for Wenger’s men due to a failure to secure a work permit.

Silva issues

Only last week the player posted happy confirmation that he had been issued a Spanish passport, making him eligible to play in the Premier League, but now it appears his future may hold something very different.

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Information in the Daily Mirror alludes to the idea that he could be sold, with at least two teams in Spain interested in securing his signature. Both Malaga and Sevilla are said to have been impressed by his performances for struggling La Liga outfit Almeria - where he is currently on loan - and could make an effort to keep him from returning to England.


The transfer would certainly be a surprise given that Arsenal fans have been waiting the best part of four years to see Silva in action. It would also mark disappointment given that Wenger must have purchased him believing that he had a future in north London.

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Yet looking at Arsenal’s squad there doesn’t really seem to be anywhere that Silva could fit in without first ousting a world-renown talent. Used primarily on the wing or as a second striker the youngster would be competing with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck were he to return to the Emirates Stadium, so one can assume life would be difficult to say the least.

Improvement on the cards

That’s a particularly safe prediction given that Arsenal will undoubtedly be ramping up their bid to win the Premier League next season. For the past few years fans, and indeed apparently the Arsenal board, have been satisfied with Wenger securing Champions League qualification but this campaign, especially the second half, has proven that the Gunners now have the strength to fight for more, and with a couple of new additions they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

Such improvement means the likes of Silva aren’t likely to get a sniff, perhaps making seeking pastures new the best alternative. Arsenal fans, should Wenger offload him without giving him a first-team chance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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