Having signed for the Gunners in 2011 from Brazilian club Fluminense, the young winger has been shipped out on five separate loan deals in Spain due to his inability to gain a work permit. He was awarded one in October 2014, and is allowed to start playing for the North London club at the start of the 2015-16 season.
His current loan spell has seen the Brazilian youth international play consistent first-team football in La Liga, starting 16 of 21 games at league level, as well as playing a further four times in the Copa del Rey.
He looks to have a promising future regardless of where he goes, and the Gunners could be set to lose him in the summer, with his playing contract expiring at the end of this season.
Having finally been awarded a work permit to play in England, it could be suggested that Arsenal will look to extend his contract in the coming weeks, and it has now been confirmed by Silva that his agent is in ongoing renewal talks with the Gunners.
Speaking to Marca in Spain, and quoted by Sport Witness, Silva said: “My agent told me recently that we're dealing with my renewal. I only have a year with Arsenal. I want to have pre-season there and I'm very happy about this news.
“But I am now at Almería and my thoughts are here. We have to achieve our goal of staying up.”
It remains to be seen whether Silva is awarded chances at Arsenal next season, but, with a player of his talent now able to appear in the Premier League, the knowledge that he could be extending his contract will be welcome news.