Given that he is 23 years old, it seems rather inaccurate to describe Wellington as a starlet, with the winger having reached an age where, in most cases, a concrete decision has to be made about a player’s long-term future.
Wellington’s situation is rather different, however, as, although the winger has been affiliated with Arsenal for many years, this is his first season playing in England after he endured an arduous wait for a work permit.
The Brazilian has been rather impressive for Bolton Wanderers in the Championship, and is a frequent threat to opposing defenders with his daring trickery and searing pace.
After spending much time on loan in Spain, Wellington has demonstrated this campaign that he can cope with the rigours of English football, in the second tier at least. The question now centres on whether he will be afforded an opportunity to prove his worth in the Arsenal first-team.
At first glance it is difficult to envisage him getting much of a look in. Arsenal are well stocked for wide options on the right flank, with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Serge Gnabry all natural wingers, whilst the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck have also been used out wide.
On the left there is perhaps an opening for a player to be an understudy to Alexis Sanchez, but many of the aforementioned players are also capable of operating on that side of the pitch, suggesting that, unless there are some unexpected departures in the summer, Wellington will have his work cut out to force his way into the Arsenal squad.
Having waited so long for even a slither of an opportunity, however, Wellington is unlikely to give up easily. A stellar conclusion to the campaign may just convince Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff to give the former Fluminense player a chance in the first-team.
Bolton currently find themselves in a battle to avoid relegation, and at present it is looking unlikely that they will preserve their Championship status. Wellington, though, will be giving everything he can to ensure that he is a Premier League player with Arsenal next season.