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A Silva lining in the Emirates cloud

Date: 1st June 2012 at 5:45 pm
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I have been watching him for a long time and I can assure you that may have come from a favela but he is no . He is no Denilson either.

Make no mistake about it; this lad is a footballing Houdini. He can squeeze between the most improbable gaps in defence and literally walk his way to the goal. Ask Norwich, or Dagenham and Redbridge where he scored two goals and set up another in a closed-door friendly.

His looks remind me of Chris Eubank, the mercurial boxer who terrorised the middleweight and super middleweight divisions. To weigh Silva, you have to pitch him against and add a lot of Brazilian flair and deft arrogance you normally associate with the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka. That is when Silva shines. He is quick, strong, versatile and elegantly tricky for defenders who revel in dishing out meaty tackles for apparently no reason. This is the quality you only find in Brazilian and Argentinean front and middle men, and some upcoming English talents such as The Ox.

Don’t take my word for it, check this out. You will understand what I mean when I say Houdini:

I am not selling Silva here. He is already an asset. What I am trying to do is take the shield off so you could see him better. He is young, but to use that youthfulness to underestimate him is a big mistake. Remember what you said about The Ox when he came to The Emirates? ‘A waste of money!’ someone screamed. It did not take you long to change your mind did it? The Ox is the only player ever to have caused fans to boo Wenger for substituting, after the player’s masterful performance against Manchester United. That’s what I am talking about here. Silva has a taste for debut goals and he does it with steadfastness; take Alcoyano for example.

In 2009 he was the youngest member of the Brazilian Under-17 FIFA World Cup team, one year younger than his team-mates. Between 2008 and 2009 he played 11 times for the team and scored five goals. He may have missed the 2012 Olympic team due to the limited playing opportunity that was given to him in Spain, but he is certainly not overlooked by the Brazil team.

He told transfermarkt.co.uk:

‘I am working hard to prove that I am able to play for Arsenal´s first team. That is my goal.’

Some fans have talked about his temperament (attitude, to put it bluntly). But any 17-18-year-old taken from his country to live in Frangistan would do the same; he wants playing time. If I were taken to Eldorado at that age I would want my fair share of time on ball, and of course I would miss the fish and chips too.

To his credit, temperament is a key ingredient that distinguishes determined and competent players from rubber ducks who are only good at floating (I am not going to name names but we have quite a few rubber ducks at Arsenal at the moment).

With that bit of temperament I put Wellington Silva in the category of Rooney and Tevez. This is no mean feat. And as dark clouds hover over The Emirates, it’s time to ditch flip-flops and bring in the Wellies.

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19 thoughts on “A Silva lining in the Emirates cloud

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  • wellingooner
    2 years ago

    I agree with what you said about his attitude. Come from the favelas into Spain and you’re gonna take a lot of the luxuries you never had back home, maybe he should have kept his head down a bit more but you can’t really blame the kid.

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  • sam
    2 years ago

    maybe he should have stayed in brazil for another year like fluminense asked arsene wenger refused then they dumped him from the first team.
    had he played more games back in brazil he would have been full international by now. this bungling arsenal management still trusts spanish club with our youth.
    i think if he doesn’t win special this time he should go back to brazil and get noticed by national coach. brazil is a footbal nation it only takes a few caps to gain uk permit.
    he’s better off there than being stuck in spanish second division.

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  • sam
    2 years ago

    personally i am hoping arsenal fc can make effort to get him visa this summer, can they hire david dein part-time?
    we signed uncapped south americans when he was around. after him everything became difficult for arsenal.

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  • erick odhiambo
    2 years ago

    am surprised that people still believe in giving the young talents a chance,

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  • sam
    2 years ago

    @erick

    you can join the board and spend your millions on superstars.
    even man city have youth academy. sczesny, coquelin,wilshere,miquel, frimpong maybe we will see gnabry. ozyakup, afobe next season.
    the idea of football academy is to pick 2 or 3 good players to join the first team the rest are just there to train and we will be released for small fee to go play football somewhere else.

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  • wambam
    2 years ago

    fingers crossed for a work permit

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  • The BearMan
    2 years ago

    I wonder if Arsenal is looking for a youth director of footfall?

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  • Paul-N
    2 years ago

    I hope he is good but no need to dis Vela or Denilson. Vela was is excellent form in La Liga mind you, while this young man had to go to a 2nd division team in spain. That is not to say that young Silva will not be better but he will have to work hard, have the right attitude and prove it.

    I think Denilson’s biggest issue was being derided constantly by the support, a proper scapegoat. When he first some on the scene he was excellent, had some long term back injury and needed time, but Arsenal many Arsenal supporters dont care about the facts.

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