Arsenal whizkid Wellington Silva proud to face Atletico Madrid, how did he do?

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Arsenal loanee Wellington Silva took on Atletico Madrid this week, how did he get on?

Wellington Silva is a name known to many Arsenal fans, even though the chances of having seen him play are rare.

The 21-year-old youngster signed for the club in 2010, but has struggled to get a work permit so has been farmed out to various club on loan instead.

His latest destination, Almeria, has provided him with a real opportunity, for he is playing La Liga football for the first time having previously competed in Spain's lower divisions.

He made only his second start of the season last night, featuring against Champions League finalists and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, and is pictured above hitting the deck, competing for the ball with Koke.

Silva had a reasonably non-descript game, on the losing side, with Atletico notching a 1-0 victory through Miranda.

The Arsenal loanee started on the right wing of a 4-5-1 formation, playing 74 minutes before being withdrawn.

He did not manage any efforts on goal, or create any goalscoring opportunities, completing only 62 per cent of his passes. Almeria's left-winger Jonathan, had a worse pass success rate of 56 per cent.

Wellington Silva's biggest contribution was his work rate, with Almeria under pressure for most of the game, he won three tackles, the joint highest of any player on his team.

There will be easier games to come for him, but there are also daunting yet exciting opportunities to play Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He posted to his Instagram account after the game: "Great match today against #AtleticoDeMadrid happy to be able to play and enjoy the minutes on the field ..!"

It would really be a surprise if Wellington hit the ground running, for he is just happy at this point to have reached the chance to play in La Liga. Now he must kick on, and show he has earned it.

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