Brazilian prospect Wellington Silva is to get the green light to finally play for Arsenal next year.
The youngster was signed from Fluminese for £3.5 million in 2011, but did not receive a work permit and has been out on loan to teams in Spain's lower leagues ever since.
This year he joined La Liga side Almeria, and is now eligible for a European passport for which he has applied. With a contract at Arsenal until 2016, he will now get his shot.
Brazilian newspaper GloboEsporte report that his agent Alexandre Soares held a meeting with Arsenal last week, and told the paper:
"He returns at the end of this season. I've had conversations with the board. He will make the pre-season and stay with the team.
"Arsenal have a person who lives in Spain only to follow the local football. They are very excited and counting on Wellington. They watch every game and Wenger receives report on how he is."
Wellington himself is buoyant, and says he is not worried about playing alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
"They bought great players, the squad is very good, has big names, but I'm calm, I know where I can get to. I'm not afraid I know that if I work, and if things go well, I will be able to be there. I come confident. I am very happy to know that they rely on me."
The attacker featured for Brazil's under-21 side in midweek and scored. While a jump to Arsenal's first team will be tough, simply having the opportunity after such a long wait will be a major step forward.