Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Denilson for midfield anchor role

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.



Join Vital Arsenal

Want to comment on this article? It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Amos
Date:Monday July 21 2008
Time: 12:01PM

Comments

0
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
21/07/2008 12:10:00
0
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
21/07/2008 12:49:00
0
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
21/07/2008 13:38:00
0
Hope he lives up to Arsene's praise. I've always thought of him as Bert's replacement.
stukazufuss
21/07/2008 14:40:00
0
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
21/07/2008 14:59:00
0
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
21/07/2008 15:05:00
0
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
21/07/2008 15:14:00
0
By the way, what did everyone think of Aaron Ramsey's performance against Barnet (whoever saw it)?
Gooner_Vin
21/07/2008 15:15:00
0
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
21/07/2008 15:24:00
0
Jack W looked excellent too i must say
paul_ownz
21/07/2008 17:03:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Wenger - Arsenal Don't Need West Ham's Payet

Wenger - having dismissed an interest in West Ham's Payet - has given his strongest indication yet that Arsenal are unlikely to move into the transfer market this month.

Wilshere Could Head Trio Of Summer Exits

It's been claimed Jack Wilshere 'could be forced' to quit Arsenal for Roma in the summer with Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to follow him.

The Arsenal Walking Wounded - Injury Table 19/01/2017

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Arsenal FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Wenger - Jenkinson Will Decide On Palace Move

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has basically confirmed Carl Jenkinson is free to join Crystal Palace with this potential transfer down to the England international to conclude.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Swansea MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Cech6%
Gabriel0%
Mustafi3%
Koscielny0%
Monreal0%
Ramsey3%
Xhaka0%
Iwobi72%
Ozil6%
Sanchez10%
Giroud0%
Sub - Oxlade-Chamberlain0%
Sub - Perez0%
Sub - Welbeck0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 21 17 1 3 52 30
2 Spurs 21 13 6 2 45 29
3 Liverpool 21 13 6 2 45 25
4 Arsenal 21 13 5 3 44 26
5 Man City 21 13 3 5 42 15
6 Man Utd 21 11 7 3 40 12
7 Everton 21 9 6 6 33 9
8 WBA 21 8 5 8 29 0
9 Stoke 21 7 6 8 27 -6
10 Burnley 21 8 2 11 26 -8
11 AFC Bournemouth 21 7 4 10 25 -7
12 West Ham 21 7 4 10 25 -9
13 Southampton 21 6 6 9 24 -7
14 Watford 21 6 5 10 23 -13
15 Leicester City 21 5 6 10 21 -10
16 Middlesbrough 21 4 8 9 20 -5
17 Crystal Palace 21 4 4 13 16 -10
18 Hull City 21 4 4 13 16 -25
19 Sunderland 21 4 3 14 15 -20
20 Swansea 21 4 3 14 15 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Jan 22 2017 2:15PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 4 2017 12:30PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 12:30PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Sultan Ibrahim1
2.Adeshina Micheal1
Vital Football Comment