Four years after joining Arsenal, Wellington Silva’s first goal in English football has been a long time coming.
The 22-year-old winger is on loan at Championship side Bolton Wanderers, and scored their third goal in an agonising 4-3 defeat to Queens Park Rangers yesterday.
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Wellington has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Gunners, but this dribble and smart finish is evidence of the talent that Arsene Wenger spotted when buying him from Fluminense in 2011.
As the Daily Mail reports, work permit issues have prevented the Brazilian from getting an opportunity at the Emirates Stadium, and he has been loaned out to no fewer than six different clubs.
He has spent much of the last four years in La Liga, most recently with Almeria for whom he made 31 appearances without scoring in the 2014-15 campaign as they were relegated to the Segunda Division.
Wellington was granted a Spanish passport earlier this summer, allowing him to finally ply his trade in England, and he signed for Neil Lennon’s Wanderers on a season-long loan in August.
His first Bolton goal came in his seventh appearance, but was not enough for the Trotters to get anything from a seven-goal thriller at Loftus Road yesterday in which they took an early two-goal lead.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Leroy Fer and Tjaronn Chery overturned Gary Madine and Liam Feeney strikes before Wellington’s 85th-minute equaliser seemed to have snatched Bolton a point.
But former Arsenal academy graduate Emmanuel-Thomas curled in a stoppage-time winner for QPR, leaving Bolton in the relegation zone and with only one win from 10 league games this season.
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