Wellington Silva has departed the Emirates to join Fluminense, six years after he left them to play in the red of Arsenal, where he never featured.
Big things were expected of Silva when he first joined Arsenal back in 2010. The Brazilian had only played two games for Fluminense before Arsene Wenger saw fit to purchase the silky winger. But this came with controversy.
After nearly a year at Arsenal playing for the reserves, the FA had gone back on their decision to award Silva his “special talent visa”. This therefore meant that Silva couldn’t play for the Gunners. The next day Arsenal had no choice but to send him out on loan and before soon he was snapped up by Levante, where he made just two appearances.
His misfortune lead to several negative loan spells across Spain. However, Arsenal fans had seen his skills and were convinced he could make it as the next Ronaldinho. In the 2013-14 season for Murcia he played his best football yet and started every game for them, netting three goals and providing five assists. This was eye-opening for the Gunners. A year at Almeira passed before Silva could finally play in England.
He was granted his work permit at the end of 2014 and the following season he was sent out on loan. His destination this time was Bolton, who were crying out for some samba skills. However, he played in less than half their games despite Arsene Wenger saying he’s “stunning to watch and Bolton will be surprised by his quality.”
This statement turned out to be far from the truth and he ended up back at Arsenal at the beginning of this summer.
Silva has now left Arsenal to rejoin Brazilian side Fluminense after leaving six years ago to play for seven different clubs. Silva may still have the potential to succeed in the game at just 23 years of age but the Premier League hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for him.
The Brazil Under-21 international may hold the record for the longest time at a club without making an appearance as he was at Arsenal for six years, but was never fielded in a competitive game.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena