'Ronaldinho ruling' costs Arsenal another Samba starlet - for now

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Arsenal look set to appeal against FIFA's decision not to award Wellington Silva a work permit.

The 17-year-old winger has spent time with the Arsenal youth and reserve teams after agreeing to join the Gunners in 2009, although the player wouldn't officially make the Gunners move until his 18th birthday on January 6th.

However, YoungGuns reports that the move to England is in major doubt for the time being following the backtrack from football's governing body, which appear to have come out-of-the-blue and court Arsenal cold.

Silva tweeted that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was traveling to Zurich to secure his release from Fluminese, and predicted 'no problems' over the award a ‘special talent’ visa. Despite assurances being made to the north London club a few months back, the decision went against Arsenal.

It's not the first time this has happened either, with Carlos Vela and Samuel Galindo missing out on the criteria in the past. It is also an Arsenal urban legend that Ronaldinho was to join the club after leaving Gremio, but again the Emirates outfit were unable to secure the special visa.

Silva is not eligible for a UK work visa as he fails to meet the Home Office's criteria, which is why hopes had been pinned on a positive outcome from Sepp Blatter.

A failed appeal would leave Arsenal in the unfavourable position of having to loan the player out for up to five years, potentially to Celta Vigo and UD Salamanca.

An appeal date is yet to be agreed, but with the player so highly-regarded already at the Emirates, Arsenal will almost certainly make a concerted effort to keep the Brazilian at the club.

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