Whether this means that Arsene Wenger is seriously considering using this Brazilian forward in the Arsenal first team, we will have to wait and see. But we do know that Wellington Silva is finally able to get his playing career with the Gunners underway, after finally being granted a UK work permit, a mere four years after we signed him from the Brazilian club Fluminense.
And Wenger must be impressed about how well the 22-year old has been doing in his loan spells with a number of different Spanish clubs, most recently a full season in La Liga with Almeria, because ESPN are reporting that Arsenal have begun talks with the promising young player, with the intention to get him to sign a new contract extension, with just a year left to run on his current deal.
The Gunners do already have a lot of options up front though, even if Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski are sold this summer. So the report suggests that the boss is also thinking about sending Wellington Silva out on a sixth loan spell, although this time it is likely to be with an English club in order to get him used to the football played here rather than just throwing him in at the deep end and expecting him to be able to adapt. One for the future Gooners, or another prospect that we never see achieve their potential?