Denilson is a happy Gunner

BY foxsports • November 22, 2010

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."


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