After 2392 days, six loan spells and precisely zero appearances for the first team, Wellington Silva’s time as an Arsenal player is officially over.
The 23-year-old Brazilian, signed as ‘one for the future’ way back in the past, has returned to former club Fluminense on a permanent deal.
Much like fabled South American counterparts Samuel Galindo and Pedro Botelho, the winger never really came close to first team action at the Emirates; initial excitement over his signing dampened by work permit issues in his early years on the books.
— Fluminense F.C. (@FluminenseFC) July 18, 2016
While Wellington did finally get a run out in England last term, his spell at Bolton Wanderers, who were relegated from the Championship, was never going to be enough to turn the head of Arsene Wenger.
Speaking about his return home, Wellington told Fluminense’s website: “I am very happy. I want to thank Fluminense for this opportunity to return after so long, I’m eager to start. I am very anxious, it really is like the first time.
“The desire to return has always existed. When I learned that it was possible to return ten days ago I was nervous, anxious. I am very happy and I have no words. Now it is time to train and get onto the pitch as quickly as possible.”
The lad returns to Brazil with a European adventure under his belt and will no doubt be hoping to make an impact in his homeland. He’s still ridiculously young and has more than enough time to try and live up to the potential that saw Arsenal splash out £3.5 million.
Good luck Wellington. We mean it so much we’re not even going to use the ‘boot’ pun.