Wellington Silva has officially joined Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan after the player himself confirmed the move earlier in the week.
Signing for Arsenal in January 2011, Wellington has spent his time on loan as the club tried to get a work permit for him, a process that was finally completed last summer.
Struggling at first, with claims of a poor attitude, the 22-year-old has matured significantly over the past two seasons and now seems ready to grab his chance in England despite a number of clubs in Spain trying to get him back.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, the boss described him as ‘stunning to watch’.
“He’s a creative, tricky, quick player,” Wenger said. “He’s absolutely stunning to watch and I believe Bolton will be surprised by his quality.
“I believe he will do extremely well because he has gained a lot of experience in Spain, he has come back to England and I am confident he will have a big impact in the Championship.”
Wellington will be hoping he can follow in Jack Wilshere’s footsteps. The midfielder also spent time on loan with the Trotters, although Wellington will be hoping his career isn’t quite as dogged by injuries as Jack’s has been.
Wellington would have made his debut for Bolton earlier in the week however they missed the registration deadline by three minutes.
He will wear the number 22 shirt and will be included in this weekend’s squad for the game against Forest.