The 21-year-old, who put pen-to-paper on a five year deal at Arsenal in January 2010, hasn’t yet mustered an appearance for the first team, although his return to La Liga marks (on paper anyway) an upturn in fortune after three seasons plying his trade in the lower leagues of Spain.
Wellington was initially farmed out on loan to Levante in 2011 in the hope they’d polish his raw talent only for his behaviour and love of pizza to grab more headlines than his football.
After spells at Alcoyano, Ponferradina and Murcia he has another opportunity to make a name for himself on the big stage, although it looks very unlikely he’ll ever pull on the red and white of the Gunners.
Wellington isn’t the first young talent to move from South America to North London and not cut the mustard. Bolivian Samuel Galindo, who is still on the books at the Emirates, appears to be in his homeland playing for Jorge Wilstermann (apparently a club, not some random bloke) while Pedro Botelho was cut loose two years ago after five consecutive loans and now plys his trade in Cyprus.