Date: 21st May 2011 at 3:45pm
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Denilson recently stated that he wants to leave Arsenal after labelling this season as the ‘worst season’ of his career.

The Brazilian has indeed endured a frustrating season at the Emirates, making just 6 starts, as opposed to two seasons ago, where he started all but two Premier League fixtures for the Gunners.

Denilson also claimed that Arsenal’s trophy drought is another reason for his want-away attitude. The 23-year-old has been at Arsenal for the past 5 years, meaning he has never seen lift a trophy. Denilson was quoted in the Daily Mail saying:

‘I am so upset. I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I’ve been here for five years and won nothing. 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.’

‘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 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 organization, 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. My heart tells me I have to take that risk. I have to be honest with myself, be true to myself. I am a footballer and I want to play every week because I want the chance to play for Brazil.’

Denilson then refers to his Brazilian team-mate Lucas, and how he has shot to prominence with Liverpool due to his playing time:

‘Look at 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.’

Denilson has set his sights on a move to or Italy this summer, in order to make a fresh start and to win some silverware.

But the question on my mind is, what on earth gives Denilson the right to complain in this manner?

He is moaning about not winning trophies, but any club that is interested in him (if there are any at all) will be a club in the bottom half of their respective league’s table. I mean let’s be honest here, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan, will have very little interest in a 23-year-old who has never even represented his country.

I have a laugh every time I read his comments to the media, they are just so ridiculous. I believe we should give Denilson exactly what he wants and let him leave. He won’t even need a replacement because he has played such a minor role for this season.

is ready to cash in on fringe players like Denilson, and he is not expected to stand in the Brazilians way. Recent reports suggest that Roma are pondering a £5 million move for him this summer, but I think Wenger should see if any other interest surfaces before offloading him to the first bidder.

I think I speak on behalf of all Arsenal in saying that he REALLY will not be missed.

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