Wellington Silva confirms Arsenal eligibility

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Wellington Silva has reiterated his desire to return to Arsenal after confirming he will finally be eligible to play in the Premier League.

The Brazilian youngster originally became an Arsenal player in 2010 but has never made a competitive appearance for the club owing to Britain's strict rules on non-EU players. Instead Wellington has spent his time on loan at several Spanish clubs.

After failing to impress early on, it looked as though Wellington would not follow the likes of Joel Campbell in winning a place in Arsene Wenger's plans. But a significant upturn in form this season may have opened the door.

Arsenal chance

Now the player has confirmed that he will be available to Wenger should he wish to bring him back to the Emirates at the end of the season. He did, however, insist that he is still fully focussed on this crucial season with Almeria.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: "Now I can go to Arsenal if they want to come back for next season. But I can not now be thinking about the future and yes Almeria to achieve the goal of permanence in the Primera Division."

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Brazil call-up

Wellington's good form has not gone unnoticed in his homeland. Brazil have decided to call him up for the latest round of games for the Under-21 side. There is also a belief that he is in good stead to play for Brazil at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. It is a sign that the 21-year-old is finally fulfilling the potential that convinced Wenger to sign him.

Sky Sports reported that Wellington remains highly rated at Arsenal and scouts have watched his development at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and Murcia closely.


Those loan spells have not gone all to plan. In 2011 it was reported that angry Levante bosses told the Brazilian to cut out pizzas and concentrate on his football.

"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," manager Luis Garcia said in 2011.

He is contracted to Arsenal until 2016.

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