Arsenal starlet makes Spanish switch

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Arsenal youngster Wellington Silva has made the loan switch from Levante to Alcoyano in Spain.

The former Brazilian U17 international joined the Gunners in January 2011, having previously spent time with the north London outfit on trial and impressing in reserve team matches.

But, after Arsenal failed to receive a 'Special Talent Visa' from the FA, Arsene Wenger was forced to loan the teenager out immediately, sending the player to La Liga outfit Levante.

After spending the end of last season at the Ciutat de València, manager Juan Ignacio Martínez took the player back to the club for a second-spell at the start of the season.

Reports of a bust-up between the player and manager led to a lack of chances for the Granotas, with Wellington not representing the side this season, and now a deal has seen the player drop down a league to the Spanish Segunda Division.

"We would like to thank both Arsenal and the striker for their collaboration and wish them the best of luck," said Levante in an official statement.

Arsenal will continue to monitor the player's progress from England, although the chances of Wellington following in the footsteps of compatriots Gilberto Silva, Edu, Sylvinho and Andre Santos in playing for the club at the Emirates Stadium currently seem a distant possibility.

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