Bolton sign Arsenal's Wellington Silva on loan

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Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of Arsenal starlet Wellington Silva on a season-long deal.

The 22-year-old will make the switch to the Championship club after manager Neil Lennon confirmed, as per BBC Sport, that he had secured the services of the midfielder. 

Typically played on the wing, Silva was tipped to become a big part of the Gunners' first-team but issues with a work permit stalled his development.


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Since joining Arsene Wenger's side back in 2011, the Brazilian has endured loan spells at five different Spanish clubs, with the most recent being Almeria.

During his time away from the Emirates, Silva has racked up an impressive 107 appearances, whilst slotting home a total of nine goals in all competitions. 

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And after being granted the chance to play in England, Wenger believes the best option for the youngster is to send him out on loan to pick up some regular minutes. 

That is something he is sure to do at a club like Bolton, who have struggled to pick up any momentum since their relegation from the Premier League in 2012. 

However, Wanderers boss Lennon admitted that he couldn't wait to work with Silva, after confirming the news following his side's 1-0 loss to MK Dons on Tuesday evening:

"Wellington should have been playing tonight but we missed the registration time by three minutes," Lennon stated during an interview with BBC Radio Manchester. 

"He would have made a big difference to the way we wanted to play, so he will definitely be in contention on Saturday.

"We think he is a good player and will make us better."

The 22-year-old will want to make an immediate impact in England's second division after being restricted to training at London Colney throughout the summer. 

The winger joins a host of Arsenal stars set to head out on loan for the 2015/16 campaign, Gedion Zelalem being the most recent to be rumoured with a summer switch. 

The 18-year-old is expected to join Rangers in a loan deal that will see him link up with the Scottish club within the coming days.

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