Arsenal Transfer News: Denilson Sad To Leave as Gervinho Completes his Long-Awaited Move
Arsenal’s want-away midfielder, Denilson, has expressed his sadness at leaving Arsenal on loan. The player, who had questioned Arsenal’s ambitions back in May, is all set to join Brazilian club Sao Paulo on loan after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the speculations.
The 23-year-old told Arsenal’s official 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.”
The Brazil Under-19 captain joined Arsenal in 2006 from Sao Paulo and has played 153 games scoring ten goals. However, frustrated by the lack of silverware at the Emirates, he had expressed his desire to leave the club back in May.
“I’ve been here for five years and won nothing. A footballer’s career is over very quickly so it is time to move on. I know some people think I’m crazy. I need a fresh challenge and although I know I’m taking a big gamble I am ready to take that risk,” the player was quoted saying back then.
The Emirates outfit might also facing the prospect of losing their talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri by the end of transfer window.
Delighted by the switch, manager Arsene Wenger said: “Gervinho is a player that can play in a number of positions up front. He can play on the right, on the left and through the middle. He has qualities that I find very important, like his movement off the ball. He has the qualities we like technically. He is good one against one, he is strong and was the best provider in the French league with assists and he scored 15 goals. I think he is a very good addition to the squad.”
The player also expressed his joy of finally playing for Arsenal under a “great” manager.