Arsenal wonderkid passes medical and seals loan switch to replace Liverpool prospect

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Arsenal's Wellington Silva has passed a medical to play on loan with Almeira for the season.

Arsenal's biggest mystery remains Brazilian wonderkid Wellington Silva, who is entering his fifth year on the club's books - and now his fifth loan spell.

Wellington was signed from Fluminese in 2010 for around £3.5 million, after he scored four goals in a trial match for the club's academy side.

He has been consistently loaned abroad after work permit complications, last season spending with Real Murcia in the Spanish second division.

He helped them to a fourth place finish, scoring three goals and providing five assists - but only completed 90 minutes in the league three times and started just 15 of 38 matches.

Now he has joined Almeira, who finished 17th in La Liga - avoiding relegation by one point, and will get a chance to play in the Spanish top flight and really make a name for himself.

Spanish newspaper AS reported on Monday that Wellington has passed his medical at the club, and sealed his loan move for the season. 

The real talent Wellington possesses, at 22, remains unknown, but there are big hopes for the Brazilian at the club.

He replaces another loanee, Liverpool attacker Suso, who spent the campaign on loan at Almeira last season, scoring three goals and providing seven assists.

Suso had positive words to say regarding his experience, telling the Liverpool website this week: "After the season in Spain, I think I have become a better player - I learned a lot."

The Spaniard is now back fighting for his place in the Liverpool first team, but whether Wellington gets to is another matter.

His contract at the Gunners expires in June 2015, and it is up to him to prove he deserves a new one. Whether his future lies at Arsenal or not, is another matter, and the coming season in La Liga can be a pivotal one in deciding the future course of his career.

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