Wellington Silva: I hope I have impressed the Arsenal fans

Wellington Silva: I hope I have impressed the Arsenal fans

After notching his first Gunners goal against Manchester United’s reserves on Thursday night, Brazilian teenager Wellington Silva believes he is starting to adapt to English football.

Bursting inside his full back before producing a sweeping, clinical finish past Ben Amos, the 17 year old showed the Arsenal fans present in Dublin a glimpse of what could become a regular occurence when he officially makes the move from Fluminense in January.

And the Arsenal-bound forward was happy to have been able to make a telling contribution in the biggest game of his stay in England so far.

“I know the rivalry between the two clubs”, he told ESPN Brasil. “In England it is like in Brazil, the fans hate to lose a ‘classico’, albeit only a friendly in preparation for the season. Thank God, we won and I ended up scoring a goal. I’m adapting quite well here.”

Despite only being a friendly, the game was played in front of an estimated 1100 Arsenal and United fans at the Tallaght Stadium and Wellington was impressed by the number of people who attended the game.

“The stadium was packed. The match took place in Ireland, but there were many fans of both teams. It was very nice, since it helped the coaching staff learn more about my style of football. I hope I have impressed the manager and all the fans of Arsenal.”

The starlet will now expect to keep his place in the starting line up on Sunday as Arsenal reserves take on the hosts of the triangular tournament Shamrock Rovers in the final game of the Platinum One Challenge.

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