Out of favour defensive midfielder Denilson has confirmed to have engineered a move back to his home club of Sao Paulo which he left five years ago, although on a season-long loan rather than a permanent move as many Arsenal fans would’ve hoped.
With the emergence of Jack Wilshere in the first team, Denilson has found himself surplus to requirements only making a handful of appearances in the 2010/11 season. As a result he hopes his move back to Sao Paulo will offer more first team opportunities and get his career back into gear.
He told the official Arsenal website: “I will be playing in Brazil next season as I felt that this is a good opportunity for me to play regular first-team football.
“I move away with sadness because I have so many friends at Arsenal and everyone has always been so supportive towards me.
“I want to say thank you to the club and, of course, also a big thank you to all the Arsenal fans who are very special.
“I’m now focused on doing well in Brazil next season, but will always be looking out for the Arsenal results.
“It is a great club with many great players, a good team spirit and a top-class manager. I wish you well for next season.”
Although not a permanent move, I would have to say many Arsenal fans, including myself, still approve of the loan. He simply was not good enough to establish a spot within the high quality midfield Arsenal have built up at this stage and was effectively dead-weight. The move will allow him more club football as well as raising his profile in the eyes of other clubs (if he plays well…question mark over that statement), potentially increasing his selling price once he leaves the Emirates permanently. Good-luck Denilson!!