Instead, the 21-year-old has gone through loan spells at a string of Spanish clubs for the past four-five years. As a result, he is now naturalised as a Spanish citizen, and hence he is eligible to play for the Gunners now.
He has gained his work-permit and is looking forward to returning back to Arsenal next season. But, at this moment, he remains focussed to give his best for Almeria and help the club preserve their La Liga status.
When asked to comment on getting the work-permit and chances of returning back to Arsenal, the youngster, understandably ecstatic, said as quoted by The Telegraph:
“It is very important for me. I could go back to Arsenal next season if Wenger wants me to. I am not going to worry about my future and my only desire right now is to help Almeria preserve their La Liga status. At this moment, I am focused on the present.”
Having played in a competitive league for the past few years, it seems like he is now ready to ply his trade in the Premier League. This season he has yet to score so far in six appearances for Almeria.