Arsenal have a Messi of their own
April 10, 2010
A day of Messi caking the written and spoken media is bad enough, we have had an entire fortnight of it.
For crying out loud, yes he is bloody brilliant, yes he is certainly the best player on the planet, and yes I hope they beat Real tonight in the eagerly awaited El Gran Clasico at the Bernabeu.
But enough is enough.
Akin to the import Barcelona made from Argentina, circa 2000, Arsenal are due shipment of their very own special consignment from South America in under 9 months time.
For those of you who are still to see the incredible skills being displayed by Wellington Silva, check the Vodpod down the right hand side of the page.
He is ours, we acquired his rights earlier this year for a very cheap price as he had yet to break into the Fluminense first team.
Since then, the 17 year old has broken through to the first team and is literally tearing it up.
Under FIFA rules, no South American player can come over to the Premiership until he turns 18.
Arsenal paid an installment of the reported 3.5M transfer fee in January of this year, and will pay the balance on his arrival early next year.
AC Milan paid over 20M for a young Alexandre Pato two years ago, as he was already first team for his then Brazilian club side, Internacional.
Wenger has pulled out another frugal transfer masterstroke, as anybody looking to prise the young Brazilian away this summer would have been looking at a bill in excess of 20M.
Silva is a tricky winger-come striker, who loves to show off his dribbling skills, he is blessed with blistering acceleration, and has a very aggressive, confident slant to his play.
I for one cannot wait for his arrival, we cannot be sure he will be a success over here, but we can be sure he is super talented.
Quite possibly the most talented youngster Wenger has ever signed.
We shall be keeping a close eye on his progress in the Brazilian league over the coming months.