It is being confirmed today that Arsenal have agreed to mutually terminate Denilson’s contract at the club this summer after he was shipped out of the club on loan for the last two seasons. Denilson was once hailed as the next “Rivaldo” when he arrived at the club at a young age. He had plenty of game time for such a young player and it looked as tough he would one day fulfil his potential but he was sent away on loan and has been forgotten since.
Denilson was signed for over £3 Million by Arsene Wenger in 2006 and became one of Arsenal’s top prospects when he quickly broke into the first team during the season and began making an impact. He was never an important part of the Arsenal team but he was always considered as a player with limitless potential which he will now never realise at Arsenal.
The fact that Denilson is leaving the club for free will be a relief to some Arsenal fans and a terrible decision to others. Some may think it is good to start getting rid of the players who are not part of the first team plans and that next to follow him to the exit door must be the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci and Andre Santos.
Despite being a good prospect when he was younger, Denilson only ever tasted under-17 football for his home nation of Brazil and the fact that he is 25 years old now proves that he has become another one of Arsenal’s youngsters failing to live up to their billing.
Hopefully now Arsene Wenger will have some money to spend on a proper midfield player who will become an important part of the squad. The wage bill still needs trimming for new players but this is a good start.