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Denilson Will Be The First To Leave

As we look forward to a summer of ins and outs, it appears as though the first mover and shaker is going to be Brazilian midfielder, Denilson.

Denilson has endured a topsy turvey career at Arsenal, sometimes threatening to become a top notch player, but the majority of the time, simply a decent squad player, other times … well …. Let`s not dwell on that.

Anyway, in a lengthy interview with The Sun (really Denilson? Couldn`t you find anyone better to talk to?) Denny says that his intention was to join Arsenal to win trophies and get into the Brazil team, and that because neither has happened, he`ll be offskis, and Arsene Wenger has ok`ed the move too.

'A footballer's career is over very quickly so it is time for me to move on. This has been the worst season of my life,' Denilson said in The Sun. 'I made up my mind eight months ago. But I haven't said anything because I did not want to disrupt the team during the season.

'I've been to see Arsene Wenger and told him how I felt and he agreed to let me go. I know some people will think I'm crazy. They are right. It is a great club, with a great organisation, a great manager and so many talented players. I need a fresh challenge and although I'm taking a big gamble, I'm ready to take that risk.

'I am a footballer and I want to play every week because I want the chance to play for Brazil. Look at Lucas at Liverpool. He's been playing regularly and he's in the Brazil team. That's where I want to be.

'I would love to be able to do that at Arsenal but based on how things have gone this season, I think it's time for a change. So I am flying home to Brazil on Sunday and I'm hoping I can make a fresh start in Spain or maybe Italy.'

Denilson has always been a good professional, never whinged, doesn`t really talk to the press or stumble out of the spearmint rhino pissed out of his face with Danielle Lloyd draped over his arm, he has tried his best, but the honest truth is he`s isn`t good enough, and if we want to make strides next season then players like Denilson will have to be moved on to create room for shiny new players.

Good luck to him, I hope he finds the right team, and I`ll miss the wobbly head goal celebration.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 20 2011

Time: 9:54AM

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A very good young player indeed and still young enough to make an important mark somewhere else in the future but we've been moving in a different direction with a surfeit of central midfielders and he's a bit too good to play back up. Hope he does well wherever he ends up and worth keeping an eye open for.
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20/05/2011 10:25:00

A simple combination of a change in formation and a lack of opportunities have seen him clearly stagnate this season. He's at an age where he needs to be playing and I say good luck to him wherever he goes.
Little Dutch
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20/05/2011 10:37:00

great news, rosicky now next!! how much we get for denilson e rekon ??
Van Persie
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20/05/2011 10:39:00

I was impressed with Denilson at first but he didn't seem to adapt and compete with the emergence of Song, Wilshere and Ramsey. I was surprised because this is a boy who has captained Brazil in the younger categories and I would have expected more fight out of him. I am sure he'll thrive in Spain or Italy where the league is not as physical and he won't be up against the trolls of Stoke, Bolton etc...
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20/05/2011 10:43:00

Denilson is a good player at keeping the ball and has one of the best long range shots in our team. Some cracking goals, one against Everton away at the start of last season spring to mind. It was our first goal of last season. Good luck to him, he should do very well in Spain or Italy. We need someone with his technical qualities but with more physical and aggressive traits as well.
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20/05/2011 11:01:00

I think he is one of those that would have benefited greatly from having a older head in the squad to help him learn his role properly. Came as a decent midfield prospect but was given far too much responsibility too quickly when we sold Gilberto, Diarra and Flamini and it stunted his growth. Wish him all the best but a parting of the ways is best all round.
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20/05/2011 11:07:00

Deltaforce - any more spring to mind? Nope? Me neither. I think he'll do okay as long as he some decent coaching and a bit more confidence/ability to try more. The formation thing isn't what's done it - it's the emergence of others, Ramsey forced him out and now he's back with Wilshere's emergence, it's the rise of better players.
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20/05/2011 11:09:00

Wenger said that there is no guarantee of wining trophies at other clubs in some sort of warning to Cesc. I think, based on Barca's recent record, there is a much higher likelihood of Cesc winning stuff there. He would play because he's that good but whether he would have a central role is debatable. At least he would not be alone in carrying the team, which could be less pressure and more fun. i don't think Cesc has enjoyed his football these past 2 seasons. The boss should stop coming out with strangely weak statements like that. As for Denilson, i wished he acknowledged his part in the whole 'not being winners' thing...
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20/05/2011 11:27:00

It's a sense of entitlement that Wenger has instilled into the team "they deserve something" etc, and if it simply doesn't happen to them they think they're unlucky and don't deserve it.
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20/05/2011 11:39:00

I believe the sense of entitlement is purely a personal trait in some players and this cant be blamed on the manager, fashionable though it is currently to blame him for everything. One does not hear Sagna, Song, Van Persie, Arshavin etc show a sense of entitlement but may see other players do so. This is more down to personal qualities and a misplaced sense of self worth than anything else. was the same case at Liverpool
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20/05/2011 12:05:00

Iceman - spot on.
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20/05/2011 12:27:00

It didnt matter who played with him he jus not cut out for da premiership, remem da goal rooney scored while denelson jus joggin back that did it for me i for one am delighted he on way out!
Van Persie
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20/05/2011 12:39:00

Well it depends how many interviews you get through Deltaforce, Van Persie recently blamed bad luck for it, Sagna's said something similar as well. The players are nearly all brought up under Wenger so I see no reason not to aportion blame on him for some of their attitudes.
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20/05/2011 12:39:00

No arguments- we need a significant turnover this summer. Some of the squad, though decent little players, have turned out not to be up to what we require, when pushing for trophies. The last 2-3 months have exposed a fair few of them. But, as exasperated as I have become with them, I'll always have a soft spot for my boys who have worn the red-and-white, so I want to wish Denilson all the best for the future and hope he enjoys a fulfilling career, wherever that may be. Thanks, Deni :-)
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20/05/2011 12:46:00

"I`ll miss the wobbly head goal celebration." - LOL! I will too. Good comments from most of the folks here (ruling you out of that VanPersie) - glad to see most of you aren't trashing him. I miss Deni's volleys outside the box-one of the few players we have who can do that. iceman, your comments are SPOT-ON!! In the same interview Denilson says how frustrating it is for the players and "something's missing" in the team. I really do think he's one of those players who could've benefited from having a guy like Gilberto helping him along. Wenger has this philosophy of making players learn for themselves, figure things out for themselves. I don't think that works for every player-esp young & inexperienced ones who don't have older veterans to help them. I really hoped Deni would develop under Wenger & would be chosen for our national team. I hope he goes on to another club in Europe and develops further so that one day he'll be wearing the canarinho.
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20/05/2011 13:24:00

He did bring a good long range shot, that reminds me of a stat I heard on the tv last week .. don't know if it's true, scarey if so. No goals, for or against, have come from outside the box at Ashburton Grove this season. Surely that's wrong? If it's right it goes to show either our shooting isn't good enough from range or we're not trying enough.
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20/05/2011 14:09:00

Yeah but then last season we had the most from outside the box at The Bowl, sure some people can read into it - I can't be bothered. Maybe it was just coached out of players.
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20/05/2011 14:44:00

Does not suprise me. I remember thinking before the Spurs away game that the only goal we had scored outside the area was a RVP freekick which had some deflection on it, Birmingham maybe?
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20/05/2011 15:26:00

How about publishing "the whole and true" story.'shameful'-season?cc=5901 . Here is what he really thinks : I am so upset. I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I've been here for five years and won nothing. hahaahahahahahahah
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20/05/2011 16:43:00

I do recall Sagna scored a scorcher this season (can't remember against who, now). Wasn't that from outside the box?
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20/05/2011 16:46:00

Aside from egotistical ****s such as Cole and Adebayor, and the blatantly inept likes of Jeffers, Cygan and Silvestre, I'm always somewhat disappointed to see players go. Let's not be patronising and call him a great player; he wasn't, isn't and won't be. But his attitude seemed good which is always commendable in my book and impressed from time to time, particularly when he first joined. But letting him go and hopefully bringing a new man in benefits all parties. I'm sure he'd be excellent at somewhere like Atletico Madrid. Best of luck to him.
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20/05/2011 16:49:00

I do feel for Denilson losing his place and all that, as he did show lots of promise. What I don't understand is him not to wanting to accept part of the blame for the trophyless years he states as the reason he wants out. Well, guess what, Deni, You could have played like a winner and been a leader. This is a pointer to Arsene Wenger that he must be ruthless with the summer clearout or you will find fringe players, knowing they are on the way out, giving interviews that suggest they are leaving because "there is something missing or wrong" with the club. I wish Deni very well, if he does move along, but he cannot afford to burn any bridges with such interviews (2nd one now, with such scathing statements).
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20/05/2011 16:58:00

The one against leeds was inside, although be it from an angle which probably traveled 20 yards or so
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20/05/2011 17:07:00

I think he would do well in the Spanish League, decent player, nothing spectacular but would be solid enough with better, more experienced players around him. I can't make up my mind if the players have let Wenger down or if he has let them down.
Professor Calculus
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20/05/2011 17:47:00

@Naijagunner. Exactly, these players mention cutting out silly mistakes and yet it's never them who make them, they want big signings but never for their position, they don't win anything yet it's nothing to do with them. I'm sorry but Wenger is partly responsible for this attitude from the players, there's obviously a culture of entitlement and lack of responsibility amongst enough players to make it a concern. It's not the first time and interview has given us an insight into the attitude of some the more questionable players in the squad.
Professor Calculus
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20/05/2011 17:52:00

Great news! Interesting article though I personally liked the favourites part who'd have thought his fav film was sideways? His fav brand is Bench apparantly, fav song - The Whos' 'Substitute' least fav song - Alex. Seriously tho anyone that moans about how he moved to win things but can't even get in the first 11 on the reg needs a slap tbh, maybe two. You moved here because we're one of the biggest clubs in the world and wherever we go it'll be a move down for you lad and if that club does win something it'll probably be in that countries 2nd tier league!
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20/05/2011 22:42:00

I wish him Good Luck !
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21/05/2011 08:41:00

Niko, that was inspired mate.
Professor Calculus
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21/05/2011 09:44:00

I think he's too nice a guy. Trouble is, nice guys don't fare that well in the English league. There's plenty of room for such sissy players in the Spanish and Italian leagues. He had his moments in Arsenal colours I believe but only in games where teams just let him play. When it came down to the nitty gritty he went missing.
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21/05/2011 14:07:00

On a side note, is there any truth that we have signed Ricky Alvarez on a pre-contract from Velez Sarsfield?
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21/05/2011 14:41:00 < is there a better portrayal of Arsenal's plastic, middle class support than that, hahaha. Soft fans, soft team!
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21/05/2011 18:19:00

Dunno, Jess, but the news is all over blogosphere. It is usually only authentic when the club's site carries it or the club makes the announcement.
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21/05/2011 20:19:00

"I am so upset. I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I've been here for five years and won nothing. "There's something missing at Arsenal but no one knows what it is. Not the manager, not the players - nobody. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool spend millions and millions on players. "But we are still the best footballing side in Britain, we play beautiful football. Only Barcelona do it better. But we don't win trophies. That's so frustrating, you can't imagine how frustrating. Some people say we don't succeed because we are too young and naive - but that's no excuse. "We didn't lose the Carling Cup final to Birmingham because we were too young. We lost because our confidence collapsed completely when Obafemi Martins scored for them. This was a final we should have won, we were the favourites. "It was the opportunity to silence all our critics. Here's a trophy to shut you all up after five years - and this is going to be the start of many. What a lift that would have given us all. Especially as we were in such a fantastic position in all the other competitions too. "The quarter-finals of the FA Cup, quarter-finals of the Champions League and sitting second in the league. It was all there for us and we were so motivated. But when [Obafemi] Martins scored it was all over. You could see it in the eyes of the players and the supporters there at Wembley. Our confidence just drained away and we never got it back. It was a catastrophe. "That was the moment our season was ruined, it started a domino effect and no one could stop it. I knew it was a massive moment, the point where it all started to go badly wrong and I think we all knew. I went home afterwards and just cried. I was very upset, very sad and I was ashamed. "I remember leading Liverpool 1-0 and they scored in the last seconds. We were 4-0 up at Newcastle but drew. We also lost to Newcastle at home and West Brom and Aston Villa. We threw it away against Sunderland and Blackburn at the Emirates. "Let's be honest, some of those games were shocking, shameful. We are better than that. But until Arsenal stop throwing away those silly points in those stupid games nothing will change." IS he not part of the arsenal squad?!
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21/05/2011 20:31:00

Thks Naija, guess you're right. He does look like a typical Wenger signing though. Free attacking left footed midfielder.
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21/05/2011 21:08:00

don't know Naija the club website is known for being prompt with information about signings.
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21/05/2011 21:40:00

*not known
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22/05/2011 00:25:00

Niko bigging you up again. One of the biggest clubs in the world? Big clubs win trophies. Denilson was *****e and so are Arsenal.
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/05/2011 01:19:00

Even when Denilson was in form and starting, I could never see him as an important player for Arsenal. He had potential, but to be what? Neither good enough at attacking or defending, he'd be a serviceable player at a club in the relegation zone. He's very much like Carrick in a lot of ways - his subtler skills are only useful in a team that is terrific both defensively and offensively (in the way that Man U are), but he just didn't bring enough to the table to justify playing for us, unfortunately.
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22/05/2011 09:28:00

Denilson states that he has known he has wanted to go for eight months now, then why not ***** off in Jan!! We could all see you were not interested. I have said many many times on this forum that he had given up and settled for Ł50k a week as back up for song and stopped fighting for his position. Thats not due to anything other than attitude! Players like that really do need to be honest with us as fans, the club and themselves. If you aint into the club and the fight **** OFF!! We need players like RVP, Jack and AR and premadonas to just do one! So Cesc if you in state your in if your off put in a transfer request, same for any other player. Im sick of the lack of fight and heart in this side, I hope we have a HUGE turn around in personell next season!!
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22/05/2011 11:36:00

What does your version of a big club make spurs then Tony? remember its just 2 Carling cups in 20 years of blood, sweat and the s*'ts.
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22/05/2011 12:14:00

Nothing in 7 for you soon Hoddle fan. You're nearly all the way towards your own ten year anniversary. Don't worry, we'll be happy to send you a few nice little reminders :)
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/05/2011 14:20:00

50/51 years.....71/2004. Channel 5 yada yada yada we won the league on your own pitch. Go and concetrate on your own club.
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22/05/2011 15:29:00

Wouldn't it be ironic if David Villa played for Villa, Antonio Valencia played for Spurs and Dan *Shittu played for Sp*rs?
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22/05/2011 15:32:00

Blimey I meant Antonio Valencia for Valencia. But you get the point
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22/05/2011 15:33:00

Jackskank, a Chav is not entitled to call anyone else plastic. And you are as chav as they come.
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22/05/2011 19:50:00

We're easily in the top 10 of the worlds biggest clubs Tony, you know it, handicapped hating Hoddle knows it, even 'Arry "I don't know 'ow much my players are on, yeah go on sign 'im wotever your money" Redknapp knows it. 50 years flapsface, it's there in black & white, literally.
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22/05/2011 20:06:00

When a player like Denilson says that he wants to leave the club, its largely ok with the fans, but the reaction is entirely different if its a Cesc. When there is no loyalty from the fans or the club towards a player, its a bit hypocritical to expect loyalty from players to a club. As far as Denilson is concerned, its disappointing, as he has not fulfilled his potential at Arsenal. He should have been better, and it might be due to not having a more senior person around the club, to advise the likes of Denilson, Ramsey and Wilshere. The thing is Wenger had the chance to fix that with Vieira, before he went to City and opted against it.
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22/05/2011 23:38:00

Yeah, yeah me old mucker, I suppose you didn't literally pack in the fight and do a runner like last season, that's something. Still, you're on the slide now, you've had another horrible season; and that's something we both know as well isn't it? You're sinking with that senile old **** Wenger and his yes man Rice, festering in their bunker convincing themselves everything's cushdie. " A Beeeeelive ve has ze mental strengss"!! "Judge me in May in three years time from now". Forsss is a tofee! Ah did nat see it!
Tony Rocky Horror
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22/05/2011 23:49:00

Even greater the ignomy for yourself that in these barren six years of us sinking, falling apart, imploding blether blether blah that you still have only once come close to finishing above us and we all know what happened then don't we? All you had to do was roll up your sleeves for 90 minutes but instead you rolled up your soiled panties and threw them into the upton park laundry hamper. 2 wins in 13 games for us yet you numps still aint got the wherewithall to capitalise. Fulham deliberately told Gera to get sent off today, On for 3 mins then off. Such was their desire to avoid the fair play Europah ticket millstone. It's your level though tbh, the whole low rent small fish channel 5 thing, you were made for each other.
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23/05/2011 01:38:00

good riddance I say!
e dubbz
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25/05/2011 19:36:00

Good player. Was well suited to games in CL and against Man Utd - ie. games against opponents that play football. However, cannot see how Lansbury cannot surpass his achievements, given his suitability to the rougher English game and commitment to the shirt.
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