Arsenal player Wellington Silva has been speaking following the completion of his loan move to Spanish club Almeria.
In an interview with Sport, the Brazilian said, “I hope to continue improving my skills and enjoy the gift God has given me.
“I will take this opportunity and will work very hard for me and for the whole team this season.”
Silva signed for Arsenal from Fluminense back in 2010. But despite the Gunners paying a reported £3.5milllion for the forward, he has spent his time since on a series of loan moves.
Indeed his switch to Almeria is his fifth temporary move in just four years, after previous spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and Real Murcia.
He may still only be 21, but Arsenal fans could be forgiven for thinking he really should have done more to justify his transfer fee by now. Especially when you consider how another young forward – Joel Campbell – has thrived on loan and is now set for a chance in Arsene Wenger’s plans next season.
Despite operating predominantly as a secondary striker, Silva has scored just 10 goals and set up just five in 80 loan appearances.
He could finally find some consistent form at Almeria, and he is certainly saying the right things, wishing to work hard and make the most of his gift. But considering the time he has already been on Arsenal’s books, this could be his make-or-break season.