Denilson is a happy Gunner

The 22-year-old Brazilian is expected to feature for the Gunners in
tomorrow night’s Champions League Group H clash against Braga in
Portugal, where a point would secure safe passage to the last 16.
Denilson joined Arsenal from home-town club Sao Paulo four years
ago, having captained Brazil to a runners-up spot at the 2005
Under-17 World Championship. With the likes of England’s Jack
Wilshere and Wales youngster Aaron Ramsey, soon to be fit again
after a broken leg, all fighting to partner captain Cesc Fabregas,
there is certainly plenty of options for Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger. Denilson feels Wenger’s history of helping young talent
develop can only bode well for the future. “It is very good and
healthy to have such competition,” he said. “If you look, the
manager has given all of the young players the opportunity to play,
and to show their abilities. “Cesc Fabregas arrived at Arsenal when
he was 16 years old, now just a few years later he is the captain
of the team. “We have got one of the best teams in the world, and
also one of the youngest, with players like Wilshere and [Abou]
Diaby. “We all work together with the same idea and with huge
respect between everybody.” With concerns over burning out
Fabregas, Wenger could opt to play Denilson alongside Alex Song and
push Wilshere further forwards against Braga. “Denilson is a good
ball winner, and someone who can move the ball very quickly,” he
said. “In the way we see the game, that is a very important
quality. “The ball comes very quickly out of his feet and his
passes are always very clean, with either foot.” Arsenal travelled
to Braga – via Vigo in Spain, because of Portugal’s General Strike
this week – without defender Gael Clichy, who has a minor back
problem, while both Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie were also
left in London to recover fitness. England international Kieran
Gibbs is set to stand in at left-back. Denmark striker Nicklas
Bendtner is also in contention, having not featured since his
outspoken comments over selection. Wenger said: “Bendtner is in the
squad, but what is important is that the team does well tomorrow –
at the end of the season, everybody will have forgotten who played
in the game or not. “What will be important is what we will have
achieved together.” Braga may have been swept aside 6-0 in north
London on Matchday 1 during September, but could go level with the
Gunners – currently top of the group on goal difference from
Shakhtar Donetsk – with victory in the AXA Stadium. “In the first
match against Braga, everything went for us and we had a very good
game,” Wenger said at this evening’s official UEFA press conference
in Portugal. “But we have to forget that because it was a big score
under a bit special circumstances. “We feel it will be a completely
new game tomorrow, but we have played in every difficult place in
Europe and we know if we turn up with a good performance we have a
chance to win anywhere. “That is how we will approach the game. “We
will not feel any superiority, but we know that to win any away
game in the Champions League you need to turn up with a good
performance.”