In this era of 25-man Premier League squads it’s rather rare that a player gets to the age of 23 at a major club without a concrete decision having been made on his future.
Wellington Silva doesn’t exactly do ordinary, however, with the winger having often managed to stand out from the crowd with his excellent dribbling and superb skills.
The Brazilian’s association with Arsenal stretches all the way back to late 2008, when he made a stellar impact while on trial at the club. From there he agreed terms before being sent out on no fewer than six loan spells, the most recent of which saw him spend the campaign with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.
Wellington provided some tantalising glimpses of his potential whilst with Bolton, but, unfortunately, he was unable to perform consistently and, when fit, wasn’t always able to command a regular place in the starting line-up.
He will return to Arsenal for pre-season training yet again, but this time Wellington will surely be seeking assurances about his long-term future at the club.
There could yet still be an opening for him- Arsenal are in need of an additional wide player- whilst it isn’t out of the question that Wellington could leapfrog Alex Iwobi and Serge Gnabry in the quest for first-team minutes.
However, alternatively, Arsene Wenger may assess the situation and come to the conclusion that Wellington isn’t a player worth persisting with, particularly given the strides that Iwobi made this season.
Deciding Wellington’s fate won’t be easy, but for the sake of both the club and the player, some clarity on the situation is required. It would be intriguing to see how the prospect (if indeed he can still be referred to as such) fares in the Premier League, but we are now edging closer to a decision, at long last, being made on Wellington’s Arsenal future.