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Denilson for midfield anchor role

An interview with Denilson in the current issue of Arsenal magazine has been reported reasonably widely elsewhere over the last week. In it he expresses his belief that this is a big season for him and one in which he expects to establish himself as a regular in the team.

The same edition also includes a feature on the midfield anchor role with Wenger giving his views on it`s importance and players that have filled the role before. Arsene refers to the duos of Vieira and Petit along with Edu and Gilberto as top exponents of the art and notably expresses the hope that "...Denilson will develop in that way too"

It`s a role that he thinks is very underrated "Because it`s the guy who saves the cross when the central defenders are beaten and it`s the guy who wins you the ball when you don`t expect to win it. He can smell danger…..is always there to deal with problems." Though taller than Flamini Denilson doesn`t have the height of any of the four previous incumbents of the role Wenger refers to but shows just as much tenacity.

Wenger believes Brazil are particularly adept at producing players with that type of responsibility because of the attacking style of their play. A position he claims becomes more important with the wider adoption of 4-5-1 formats.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 21 2008

Time: 12:01PM

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In the Amsterdam tournament match against Ajax last season, I thought Denilson was really impressive. It is a big season for him, he may be fortunate and gain that spurt of physical development that we saw with Cesc. I still feel that Flamini's type of play - i.e. incredible stamina and workrate - is what we need, but then what do i know?!
Gooner_Vin
If he gets a run of games he might be good. I felt he went a step backwards last season from the season before.
paul_ownz
After the promise he showed in the 2007 Carling Cup run he did seem to go a bit quiet. It would be excellent timing and a major coup if he can grow into the holding role, and like you say above - he has shown the tenacity in his game. I toyed with the idea that it would be Diaby to fill this role but he doesn't have the same bite as Denilson. As an aside, I hope that Diarra is sitting at Pompey cursing his luck, as this would have been his break if he hadn't been quite so bloody impatient.
Andy-bayor
Hope he lives up to Arsene's praise. I've always thought of him as Bert's replacement.
stukazufuss
He's very different to Gilberto, whilst he was invaluable to the team at his pomp, i'd put him in the same bracket of attacking prowess as Giles Grimandi. This lad can pick a pass and has got a screamer of a shot on him.
shewore
What I've noticed in the past is Denilson tends to get this starts in weakened Arsenal sides, (carling cup & FA) with 7 or 8 changes to the team. I think an extended run in the first team with Cesc beside him would bring him on leaps and bounds.
Bradys Chips
And I've always noticed that he goes out of his way to applaud the fans at the end. I think attitude-wise, he's spot on.
Gooner_Vin
By the way, what did everyone think of Aaron Ramsey's performance against Barnet (whoever saw it)?
Gooner_Vin
Aaron Ramsey is a player who can take care of himself on the pitch. Classy young, gifted footballer. Wenger will probably use him best, so in truth, he did make the right choice.
ForeverUnited
Jack W looked excellent too i must say
paul_ownz
Jacky Wilshere is going to be big!
Goofle
I always thought Denilson is a replacement for Cesc. If he can develop his defensive game a bit more, then good for the team, but I do expect Flamini's replacement to come from within the existing squad and not a new signing.
prits
ForeverUnited, that's a remarkably gracious comment, much appreciated! I say that because I've heard/read so many MU fans trash Ramsay for his choice and make jokes about how Wenger will waste his talent.
jaelle
Flamini's replacement will be someone we sign, Wenger said at the weekend he would buy someone with experience. Can't think what other position that would be for. CBC maybe???
MrArsenal
CBC???LOL I meant CB!!
MrArsenal
Arsene has ruled out defenders though (to our disappointment).
Lou the Gunneress
I thought we had a bid rejected for Christian Zapata, or is he a midfielder?
MrArsenal
What about the experienced player being a goalkeeper? Robert Green wants away. I think we could do worse. Or maybe Frings in midfield?
Bradys Chips
I would defo like to see Green come in. Almunia has done ok but Green is just a better all round keeper IMO.
MrArsenal
 

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