Saturday 23 July 2016

5-Year Deal Agreed, Arsenal Complete Another Transfer Deal - Not Rob Holding

Arsenal have been up and down during this transfer window obviously. Aside from bringing in three players so far, the Gunners have been working on getting rid some deadwood. To this end, Brazilian forward, Wellington Silva has been allowed by Arsenal to re-join his home club Fluminense permanently.

The promising youngster, who joined the north Londoners 6 years ago has been permitted to return to Brazil, after failing to live up to expectations, despite series of loan moves to aid his development.

He signed a four-year-deal with Brazilian side Fluminense after failing to feature in a single Premier League game for the Gunners in six years.

The Brazilian joined Arsenal at the age of 16 for £3.5million in the summer of 2010. The Gunners had to stave off stiff competition from top European clubs for the player. He was shipped out on loan several times after failing to secure work permit for himself in England.

Silva was eventually permitted to play in England in 2014, after securing a work permit, but he failed to live up to his five-star billing in all of his loan spells away from Arsenal.

He performed woefully at his last club Bolton, which made the former Trotters manager Neil Lennon less than impressed.

It is such a shame that the young lad didn't make the grade at Arsenal. I personally was hoping he would become a great player for us. However, no one can nor should blame the club for making a move for a player who, back then, was earmarked as the next best thing from Brazil.

No one would have complained if he had gone on to fulfill his very obvious potential and, although this is not a fact, I sincerely believe if he had got his work permit in the first application, it would not have ended like this.

You can blame Wenger for many things, but not his ability to tame hot-headed players. One can only imagine how the youngster would have progressed if Wellington had had the opportunity of playing under Wenger's management from the word 'go'.

The English FA needs to seriously reconsider the work permit laws. Imagine if work permits were not an issue and Arsenal had signed Yaya Toure Or Messi Or Di Maria? The FA are killing English football while trying to make the English players better.

By reducing the red tape around the work permit laws, more good players will be able to come to England, which should have a positive impact on the young English players.

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