Not long ago we all read the ‘alleged’ comments made by our Brazilian. Most papers ran the story and the gist of what he said was, he’s a winner, he wants to win trophies and medals and feels that in order to do so, he needs to find himself a new club.
Anyway, since that all came out, everything has gone very quite. The papers haven’t said a lot, he has said no more and AFC.com, well they don’t say a lot about anything in any case, not until there is something definite to report. To be fair to them, they haven’t responded to any of the media speculation about who is leaving, other than Wenger saying that Nasri won’t be sold to the Mancs and he will do all he can to keep our captain.
Two clubs have been rumoured to be interested in our young Brazilian.
Seville have been reported to be keen to offer him a way out of our club and the price mentioned in the Daily Mirror is £8 Million – well, if we get that for him, I actually believe that is a very good deal.
For us I mean, not Seville…
Denílson Pereira Neves – joined us in 2006 for £3.4 Million!!
He was unproved and had little experience in club football! After he signed, Wenger described him as being described as “a little bit in between Tomáš Rosický and Gilberto”. It’s quite clear the Gilberto comparison was down to him being Brazilian, but Rosicky, well surely that can only be that once upon a time Rosicky used to shoot from outside the penalty area. Denilson is one of a few in our side who remains confident to take a shot outside the area and credit to him; he has scored a few corkers.
Denilson had not only played for his country at every junior level, he also captained them along the way, ever since he was in the under 15 squad. In November 2006, he was called up for the first time to the Brazilian national side for a friendly match against Switzerland , ironically it was to be in place of his then Arsenal team mate Gilberto Silva who pulled out for personal reasons.
He didn’t make it off the bench sadly…
Anyway, he is Brazilian; we all thought we’d captured a pretty darn good player, didn’t we??
Like Nikki B, Denilson is still only 23 years old and he has many a year in front of him in football.
His Premier League debut came in December 2006 when he came off of the bench diruin a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
He scored his first goal in a Carling Cup match against Newcastle, helping to earn us a 2-0 victory in September 2007. He had a good game and later that month AFC announced that Denilson had signed a new contract. Another goal came for him against Sheffield United in the Carling Cup, his was the last goal in a 3-0 victory. A corkder from long range I believe.
He earned his first Premier League start in November 2007 and he had a pretty good game, late goals from Gallas and Rosicky securing our victory late on in the game. The ugly side to his game was shown in the Carling Cup quart-final, a game in which he saw red just before the end of extra time.
2008/09 season came and Denilson would get more playing time. We had lost Gilberto, Flamini and Hleb. During August of this season he started all of our matches and scored his first PL goal for our club in a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle at The Emirates. Most of his playing time was alongside Cesc Fabregas but also replaced the unfit Cesc Fabregas in the latter stages of 2008.
2009/10 season started well for Denilson, he blasted his first goal of the campaign from 25 yards out past Tim Howard in a 6-1 home victory.
A month later he signed a new five-year deal!
Then came his back injury keeping him out for two months. He came back to face Standard Liège on 23 November where he scored our second goal in a 2–0 victory, this was another goal scored from long range, it also marked the 100th game for Arsenal.
Denílson went on to score goals against Hull City, Everton, Stoke City and West Ham United. Six was his goal tally for that season, all from outside the area. He made 28 appearances that season, three of which were from the bench.
2010–11 saw the breakthrough of Jack Wilshere into the first team. We all knew this kid was very good but me personally, I never anticipated him playing as much as he did in his first season. Once he showed how good he truly was, how could any manager leave him out?
This coupled with Denilsons reported injuries meant we saw less of him during last season. Many fans were glad, he had been a victim of a lot of abuse in the blog world and the less he played the happier a large section of fans were. He started just six Premier League matches and featured 16 in total. Overall, he made 32 appearances in all competitions, 20 starts and 12 from the bench.
No doubt Denilson has realised his time is pretty much up with us, Wilshere is on the rise and with players like Lansbury, Coquelin and Frimpong waiting in the wings, his chances for first team football are more likely to lessen than increase.
He may have come out and said what is reported and a lot of what he is supposed to have said is true. It may also be that Wenger has told him that his chances have all but gone and he’s better off elsewhere, we will never know the truth.
One thing we do know though is our young Brazilian has gone from playing and captaining his country at all the youth levels, to a player who looks lost and low in confidence..
Has he been given a fair chance to prove his worth under Arsene Wenger or is he another player who has failed to make his chances count?