Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Midfielder Denilson Wants out of Emirates
Arsenal Transfer Rumors See Brazilian Midfielder Denilson Ready to Leave Gunners, Citing Lack of Hardware
Arsenal have found themselves subject to myriad transfer rumors in recent days, as rumblings of players leaving the squad and coming into the squad have run rampant. Most recently, the team got a nasty shock, when Brazilian midfielder Denilson told The Sun he wanted out of Emirates.
Per the 23-year-old's interview:
"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."
Denilson went on to cite a lack of regular playing time, and a desire to win trophies (which Arsenal haven't done in five years) as the primary causes for his request to move.
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The 23-year-old Brazilian's play was up-and-down this season, but he showed flashes of potential. It's clear he's frustrated, hoping to play his way into the Brazilian national team's first XI, but until he finds regular starting work, it just won't happen.
Fortunately for him, there's a fairly sizable market out there for 23-year-old midfielders with the kind of consistent, reliable skills he possesses, so he should be able to find work in either Spain or Italy (his two countries of choice) relatively easily.
On top of that, the move shouldn't impact Wenger's plans going forward, as Denilson was only a part-time starter for the Gunners this season. The Frenchman should be able to find a solid replacement for the Brazilian youngster in his lineup somewhere, without losing much in terms of overall talent.
In the end, this is probably for the best. Denilson could use a change of scenery, and given his lack of positioning and attacking third skill, one would assume Wenger was growing weary of him, as well. Look for him to land somewhere in Italy before the summer is out, although where remains to be seen.
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