Arsenal winger Wellington Silva has left the Gunners and rejoined Fluminense on 19 July, Tuesday. He joined the North London outfit from the Brazilian side in January 2010 and has left the club without making an appearance.
Having signed for the Gunners in 2010, Silva failed to get a work permit and spent time on loan in Spain with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and Almeria.
It was not until the 2015-16 season that he finally received his work permit and was sent to another loan spell at Bolton Wanderers in the 2015/16 season in which he scored 2 goals making 22 appeareances for the English side.
On his return to the Emirates, the Brazil Under 21 international found out that he was not included in Arsene Wenger’s plans at Arsenal.
Silva has left the Gunners and returned to the club where he developed as a player. He signed a four-year deal with Fluminense and the Brazilian side claims their “good son” has returned to the club.
— Fluminense F.C. (@FluminenseFC) July 18, 2016
Fluminense’ official website had nothing but praise for their returning son as it said,
Five years later, the good son makes a return to become the new reinforcement of the Tricolor [Fluminense]. At 23, Wellington Silva has signed a four year deal and will wear the No 11 shirt.
The winger has expressed his delight after rejoining Fluminense and thanked the club for giving him an opportunity to return this summer.
After returning to his home city Rio de Janeiro, he said,
I am very happy. I want to thank Fluminense for this opportunity after so long to go back, I’m eager to start. I am very anxious, really it is like the first time,” Silva said.
[My] Desire to return has always existed. When I learned that it was possible I was nervous for 10 days. I am very happy and I have no words to thank. Now I have to train and get on to the field as quickly as possible.
Wenger is looking to offload a few of the fringe players and Silva was one of the players in the list. With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi ahead of him in the competition for the starting line-up, it would’ve been difficult for him to get some first team action.
Let’s hope the transfer activity keeps on going and after selling some, we buy some too!