Wellington Silva has revealed that he still holds ambitions of making a senior breakthrough at Arsenal, almost five years after first joining the club from Fluminense in a reported £3.5 million deal.
The Brazilian winger arrived in north London in the summer of 2010, but is yet to make a single appearance for the Premier League club, spending the majority of his time away from the Emirates Stadium out on loan.
Silva is currently enjoying a productive season-long spell with La Liga outfit Almeria, contrbuting five assists in 24 games for the Spanish side in 2014/15.
He'll be hoping his form has caught the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, with a view to being afforded an opportunity to show what he can do in England's top-flight next term.
The 22-year-old faces stiff competition for places in his wide attacking midfield position, though, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all currently vying for inclusion in the starting XI.
However, that's not going to stop Silva from dreaming of making a positive impact at Arsenal, having waited patiently for his chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
"Yes, it’s a dream for me to play there. Arsenal is a great club," he enthused in an exclusive interview with Sambafoot.com. “I think I am ready now.
"I learned a lot in Spain, including playing without the ball. If all goes well I’ll be out there next season.”
Silva says he's taken inspiration from fellow South American star Alexis Sanchez, who has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with Arsenal following a big-money move from Barcelona last summer.
The Chile international has been one of Wenger's key performers this term, and the Samba starlet believes he possesses some of the same attributes as the £35 million man. However, the player he's been blown away by most is Santi Cazorla; the Spanish midfielder who's enjoyed arguably his best season in north London to date.
What does the future hold for Silva?
"I did not have much training with the professional team but the player who most impressed me is Cazorla," he explained. "[Mesut] Ozil is also an excellent player.
"Alexis Sanchez and Chamberlain are also impressive although I've never trained with them. They have characteristics similar to mine: speed and technicality. I hope when I get back, they also help me."
Arsenal fans: Would you like to see Wellington Silva given a chance in Arsene Wenger's first-team next season? Or do you think the competition for places will force the Brazilian to leave the Emirates? Share your thoughts below...
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