Wellington Silva set for loan after agreeing Arsenal deal

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Wellington Silva has agreed a new long-term contract with Arsenal but is set to leave the club on loan in the coming days, reports ESPN.

The 22-year-old's current contract is due to expire in 2016 but it is now claimed that he has agreed to extend his association with the Gunners despite failing to convince Arsene Wenger of his ability.

Arsenal originally paid around £3.5 million to sign Wellington from Fluminese in 2011 but is yet to make his first competitive appearance for the club.


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He has instead spent the last five seasons on loan in Spain and, earlier this year, met the criteria to apply for joint-nationality in the country, subsequently earning the right to play in England as a member of the EU.

However, despite enjoying pre-season with the Arsenal first-team he missed out on a ticket to Singapore along with 23 other players in their pre-season tour.

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Arsenal will instead work hard to get Wellington out on loan somewhere in the Premier League, where they hope he will learn to adapt to Premier League football.

Controversial History

Wellington has certainly failed to hit the heights that his potential suggested he would do. There is no doubt Wenger rated this young talent back when he signed him, but has yet to see him impress in Spanish football.

Levante were forced to cancel their loan agreement for Wellington back in 2011 after the manager, Luis Garcia, accused him of eating too much pizza.

He said: "I want him to be more professional in his behaviour. Arsenal want us to work and help him and not only in terms of football.

"We've drawn up a programme for him and I want more time spent with his team-mates to help him settle and with the different language.

Last season

Wellington had his best season in the last campaign, playing 31 times for La Liga club Almeria and creating three goals in the process. He did, however, fail to hit the back of the net.

It seems that Wellington is far short of the quality needed to fit into this current Arsenal squad, but a decent season for either a Premier League or Championship club could help the Gunner turn a profit on this failed project.


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