What next for Wellington after his Asia omission?

Arsenal’s 27-man travelling party has arrived in Asia as their pre-season preparations get underway, but, meanwhile, Wellington remains in London, perhaps uncertain about what the future may hold for him.

The Brazilian was a surprise omission from Arsenal’s squad for the Premier League Asia Trophy, particularly given that his longstanding work permit problems are now behind him. As well as being overlooked for the initial selection, Wellington also had to watch on as Jon Toral was chosen as the replacement for Jeff Reine-Adelaide following the Frenchman’s late withdrawal.

Where does this leave Wellington? It would be presumptuous to suggest that his Arsenal career is over, but, at the age of 22, he certainly doesn’t have too much time on his side to make a sustained breakthrough at the club.

There is the possibility that the former Fluminense player could still feature for Arsenal this pre-season in the Emirates Cup, but the fact that he has been left out of the trip to Asia is still a source of wonderment for some as the games against a Singapore XI and either Everton or Stoke City would surely have provided manager Arsene Wenger with an ideal opportunity to assess the winger’s capabilities.

There have been suggestions in some quarters that Wellington may remain an Arsenal player but instead head out on loan this season to another English club. That would certainly make sense and would enable him to adapt to the rigours of the English game, but in such a scenario Wellington would be 23 by the time he returns to Arsenal and even then the club might not be able to afford him regular game time.

Some have written Wellington off already as a result of his lack of goals during his various loan spells away from the club. It is true that he is hardly prolific- a total of nine goals spread across five loan stints is testament to that- but he has weighed in with plenty of assists and last season demonstrated some long-awaited consistency whilst representing Almeria in La Liga.

There are plenty of questions regarding Wellington at the moment, with his current situation becoming ever more puzzling the longer the uncertainty surrounding him persists. As the end of the summer transfer window draws closer we should have a much clearer indication of what Arsenal’s intentions are for the player and whether they will keep, loan or sell him.

For now, though, the speculation regarding the Brazilian U21 international continues to rumble on.



  1. Wenger is destroying these young players , either he gives them a chance or let them leave Arsenal . Wenger is wasting their time by sending for loan more four times.

    1. How is he suppose to give every single one of them a chance? You seen wilshere, couqelin? Both has been on loan and returned as first team players. We have a strong first team with many good players. Wellington has to show what he can do on loan. So far hes been pretty average.

    2. Maybe, but the rules are to blame. With the 25man squad, and the homegrown rule, it is bound to result in young players being tied to longer contracts and loaned out, rather than sold outright. By the bigger clubs at least.

      Not every player over 21 is going to be good enough to play for the big clubs. But losing the ones who are talented and especially if they count as homegrown, will hurt a few years down the line. With even average homegrown players going for high amounts in the transfer market, I don’t think we should let such players go just yet. It’s unfortunate for the players maybe, but this is a consequence of the rules. So if Jenkinson doesn’t get to stay and grow at a club, or Wellington is in limbo, blame the English quota system. (I think Wellington counts as homegrown)

    3. If they plays how’s he wasting their time? Obviously not ready for immediate first team action but if he proves more prolific during his loan spell he will get a chance. Don’t agree with the way Chelsea do things but loaning hazard (thorgan), De Bryune, lukaku to Wolfsburg, Everton etc has hardly ruined their career despite not making the grade. City buying the likes of Sinclair, rodwell etc only to bench them IS ruining their career

    4. That is a stupid post. Wellington has only just arrived. He has barely played with our squad or knows our system. Everyone else on the tour can play together. It would be unfair to him to to go on show without trainging with the team. We have waited this long, a few more weeks won’t hurt him. He could better spend it in the gym.

      1. It’s all pure speculation, for all any of us know he may have simply picked up an injury. He could be in negotiations about his contract or a loan move away or any other reason. Much like reine-adelaide’s late withdrawal and sanogo and hayden’s omissions, Wellington may simply have a good reason for not being on the tour……..though I doubt spending more time in the gym is one of them lol!

      2. Take it from me. Long time lurker, first comment. Wellington will be a dominant force to be reckon with, and very early in the season. This is really and truly special. I’m talking Ronaldinho special. He will be a fan favorite within a couple of games.
        His story at Almeria with 0 goals is nothing to worry about. That’s a story I’ll update here on a later date.

  2. I’m super excited about the kid Wellington. And out of all the youth and academy players combined, Reiss Nelson is the closest thing to Wellington /Neymar/CR7. Reiss Nelson is the future

  3. reports today suggest that Wellington is set to sign a new long term contract with Arsenal and then go on loan to a BPL club for the coming season

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