Wellington Silva confirms he can now play for Arsenal - roundup

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Given how the second-half of Arsenal’s season has gone this year it’s a safe bet to assume that they’ll be challenging for the Premier League title next term.

Sure, they were dumped unceremoniously out of the Champions League by AS Monaco, but ask any Arsenal fan if they’d trade a quarter-final spot in that competition for second place in the Premier League and a very good chance of making a second consecutive FA Cup final and they’d likely take it without hesitation.

That being said Arsene Wenger could well be placed under new pressure ahead of the next campaign. No longer will a fourth place finish be deemed satisfactory, and as a result this summer will be one of huge significance.

With a number of today’s footballing stories centring around the Gunners and potential transfer activity it’s only right that we offer them up on a silver platter, so here we go; prepare to be fattened.

Silva passport

It may have taken longer than many expected but it appears Wellington Silva can finally play for Arsenal after securing a Spanish passport. The Brazilian winger arrived back in 2011 but work permit issues have prevented him from featured for the north London giants until now.

He’s been on a series of loans and is currently plying his trade in Spain with Almeria, but, as he confirmed via his Twitter account, his new passport means he is eligible for selection under Wenger. Whether or not he makes the grade as a footballer is a different story altogether.

Walcott contract

Next up Theo Walcott finds himself once again in the transfer spotlight, although this time it’s in a positive ray if you’re an Arsenal fan. Despite the long-running debate over his future, made all the more heated by suggestions that he would be looking to leave the club this summer, the speedy winger is set to open contract talks for an extension with the Gunners.

The 26-year-old is reportedly seeking assurances from Wenger before putting pen to paper on any new deal so it will ultimately be up to the Frenchman if he’s retained or not.

Milner boost

Meanwhile there’s more good news in the transfer market as it’s believed that Manchester City star James Milner would prefer a move to the Gunners over Premier League rivals Liverpool.

According to reports Arsenal are ready to offer the versatile midfielder a contract worth £130,000-a-week to ensure that he signs with them, although he may yet opt to stick with City.

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