VIDEO: Arsenal’s new Brazilian Wellington puts in a match-winning performance for Fluminense

Forget about Sol Campbell for a minute. Arsenal fans should rather be getting excited about their new Brazilian forward Wellington da Silva.

The 16-year-old striker was snapped at the beginning of the month by the Gunners for a fee of £3.5 million, with the young talent allowed to stay at his parent from Fluminense for the time-being. In fact Wellington is not set to report to north London until January 2011 as he continues his development in his native homeland.

Playing in the 2010 Copa Sao Paulo, Flu needed a win over Sao Bernardo to continue in the tournament as they slumped to a 2-nil deficit before Wellington turned the match on its head.

Wellington began by pulling Flu back into the game with a tidy and composed finish in the six yard box. Next, Wellington turned provided with a supreme display of skill and vision, in which the young talent showed exemplary close control to beat three players and then pull off a Ronaldinho-esque no-look-pass to set up the leveller.

Capping a fabulous individual performance, Wellington then tricked his way into the box before being clattered by the opposition keeper to win his side the decisive penalty, which was scored.

Highlights of Sao Bernardo 2 – Fluminense 3 can be seen here.


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