Wellington Silva to be loaned again, Walcott to hold vital talks and Kyle Bartley and Henri Lansbury’s return from loan.
“Wellington (full name Wellington Alves Da Silva) will again spend this season on loan at Levante - in the Spanish top flight - with the club confident it is the best approach for developing Wellington’s future with Arsenal.“ - Arsenal.com
Last season, Wellington, the promising Striker from Brazil was loaned out to Levente. Ever since Wellington Silva joined the Gunners, I’ve been watching him closely, hoping that he will make a break for the first team. He is a young, fast and very talented player. He plays with flair and pace and can pull defenses apart.
- Brazilian wizkid Wellington Silva
On January 20, 2012, Wellington Silva Joined Segunda División side Alcoyano on loan until the end of the season. Not only did he score in 3 of 16 appearances, he also netted on his debut. At the age of just 19, he has a bright future at Arsenal.
When questioned about his future at Arsenal last season, he responded:
“I am working hard to prove that I am able to play for Arsenal´s first team. That is my goal.”
This video, shows the massive potential of the young Brazilian star, he shows amazing flair within his game and beats a player at ease. In my opinion I believe he could blow up just like Chamberlain.
- Wellington returned back to training with the rest of the squad
The only problem with Wellington Silva is we have to wait for him to get a work permit. Just like with Joel Campbell. Hopefully we can see him ripping apart the Tottenham defense in a few seasons time! In addition to this point, it was rumored last season, that Wellington fell out with managers for bad attitude problems and an unhealthy diet.
Now to talk about Theo Walcott. It seems that Walcott, who is already on £70,000 a week, would like a better contract, earning around £100,000 a week instead. In my opinion, I feel that the club should offer him the new contract, with at least a 4 year deal.
Arsene can easily raise the money to pay Theo’s wages, as he plans to offload both Vela and Squillaci, with Squillaci reportedly earning around £60,000-a-week sitting on the Arsenal bench.
- Walcott scores a screamer Vs Sweden
Although many slate Theo, labelling him as just a “Sprinter”, I feel he is a brilliant addition to the Arsenal side. Although it would not be terrible to loose him for the rumored £15 million to Liverpool, I feel an extra £30,000 a week, is worth it.
Last season, the 23 year old contributed to just under 20 goals for Arsenal, with both 8 goals and assists in the Premier League. I don’t want to go on about statistics to much, because they aren’t everything. Walcott can also be a frustrating player yes, unlike Chamberlain he does not possess amazing skill to beat players. But he is quick and also wants to play upfront this season.
Overall I feel that Theo deserves a long contract extension, people forget that he is just 23, to let him go now would be a big mistake, look at Van Persie, he has just had the best season of his career at 29. Give him a chance, remember what he produced against Sweeden for England in the Euros? 1 goal and 1 assist after coming on as a substitute. Not bad!
Walcott tears up Sweeden after coming on as a sub (video)
I think Wenger should give Walcott a new contract and the chance to play upfront, especially during pre-season. It would be good to see what he's capable of, in the position he aspires to play.
Just a quick update on the not so new players to make the first team this year. Bartley, the English CB, standing tall at 6ft 3in, made 18 appearances to his loaned team Rangers, where he impressed the coaches.
Although, I can never get over the fact Bartley scored an own goal in the Emirates cup last season (84th min) after coming on for Koscielny, knocking us out of our own cup! The 21 year old is also one for jumping into tackles, which we saw a lot last season at Rangers, receiving 5 yellow cards in his 18 appearances.
- 6ft 3in Kyle Bartley
“He is fast becoming a regular fixture in the Rangers starting eleven and adds reliability and steel to the full-back slot.” - Rangers.co.uk (Last season)
Therefore I’m looking forward to Bartley as an extra addition to the squad, he adds security to the back four, but can also play a defensive midfield role too.
Last season, Lansbury took a season long loan to newly relegated Championship side West Ham. On his debut against Portsmouth, Henri scored and recieved the man of the match award. He also showed throughout his loan spell his passion to play for the team and contributed to them being promoted back into the Premier League.
- Lansbury, the solid midfielder
In more recent news, Lansbury tapped in a goal against Belgium league winners, Anderlecht, to help Arsenal secure a 1:0 victory and to win the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.
Lansbury scores vital goal for Arsenal (video)
Lansbury told ArsenalPlayer after the match “"It's always nice to play for the club you have been with for so long, and hopefully I can put on the shirt many more times,"
In my opinion I feel he will be able to replace the loss of Yossi Bennayoun and also Rosicky, who only has a couple of years let on his contract. At just 21, Lansbury is also an exciting England prospect, playing central Midfield and captaining the U16 England side when he was younger, he also has a bright future ahead.
Although, I don’t feel he will have a massive part to play within this season, he may have to step up to the role of Centre Midfield if some injuries occur. But, I do feel he will have a big part to play in Arsenal’s future.
Talking of contract talks, Van Persie is also set to have more contract talks this week, after it has been rumored that Arsenal rejected Juventus to speak to Van Persie about a possible move to the Italian side.
In addition to this point Walcott will also have vital talks with Arsene about an increased wage, which I mentioned earlier. Another contract that I feel needs sorting is Alex Song who only has 2 more seasons left on his contract. I feel he has had a massive impact on the success of the team and at just 24, he deserves a better contract with the amount of potential he has.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed the post and any feedback would be brilliant.