For the fifth successive time since his original signing in 2011, Arsenal have given Wellington the boot and sent the Brazilian forward out on loan.
This time, however, there’s a difference as he’s staying in England and will spend the season with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.
The 22 year old can play in England due to the Spanish passport he gained having completed loan spells at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almería in La Liga and the Spanish Segunda.
Earlier in the year he expressed his desire to play in England, rather than abroad, saying, “I would like to play in England now, even if it isn’t for Arsenal, because I would like to learn more about the playing style there and get used to the league and the colder climate.
“Of course, I want to be with Arsenal, but if I must be loaned again, I have no problem with that.”
So, a year with Neil Lennon’s promotion chasing side should give us a real measure of where he is, but it’s rare that a 22 year old loaned to the Championship having never played a first team game of any stripe for Arsenal can be said to have a long-term future with the club.
Maybe he can become Coquelin V2, good luck to him at the
Reebok Macron Stadium.