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Denilson Will Be The First To Leave

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.

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

Date:Friday May 20 2011
Time: 9:54AM


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.
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
20/05/2011 10:37:00
great news, rosicky now next!! how much we get for denilson e rekon ??
Van Persie
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
20/05/2011 12:05:00
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