Wanderers have gone 559 minutes without scoring, dating back to Mark Davies’ strike at Brentford in April, and are hopeful Silva can provide a spark for their forwards.
Neil Lennon has had to bide his time in the transfer market this summer due to financial restrictions but the confirmation of Tim Ream’s sale to Fulham on Thursday afternoon has allowed him to move for the 22-year-old Brazilian.
Although he is yet to make his senior bow for the Gunners, Silva has spent five seasons on loan in Spain, including stints with La Liga clubs Levante and Almeria.
Silva was due to play against MK Dons on Tuesday but Lennon revealed the Championship club missed the deadline to register him by just three minutes, so he could now make his debut at Macron Stadium against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
“We think he’s a good player who can make us better because we need that bit of spark,” Lennon said after the MK Dons loss.
“He’ll bring quality, pace and hopefully a goal or two – and plenty of assists. We’re disappointed he didn’t make the deadline (for Tuesday). He’s been here since Sunday night. That was a real source of frustration before the game. We shaped the team up with him in it but we’ll have him for the weekend anyway. That will bring a real freshness to the attack.
“We’ve been working on this deal for quite some time. He’ll certainly be in the squad for the weekend. The Tim Ream money has helped bring him in.”
Silva may not be the only player through the door at Macron Stadium in the coming days as Lennon is also hopeful of tying up a deal for Italian defender Francesco Pisano, while Jose Casado has also been on trial.