Saturday, August 09, 2008
Denilson a creeping up on you……
By 1970’s Gooner
During the summer of 2007 and looking ahead to the following season, Gilberto Silva was naturally expected to star in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield next to wonder boy Fabregas.
He had already assumed the captaincy while Gallas was injured during the previous season and had an inspiring campaign, providing the maturity and experience the young guns desperately needed after the high profile departures of Henry and Vieira before that.
But alas his country came calling and off he went to captain Brazil in the Copa America. This meant that he missed the first few games of the season and Arsene Wenger had to find a replacement from within the squad, as he normally does.
In stepped Flamini and the rest is history.
I can see very a very similar scenario building up this season with Denilson. Normally he would have been third choice behind Song and Diaby to partner Fabregas in midfield.
Wenger, at least for the short term, has to promote from within as the important Champions League qualifying game is upon us next week and the players are there to fill in that post.
But his options are now limited.
Diaby would have been the one to start against Twente next Wednesday.
He already has a lot of first team experience as Wenger made sure of that last season and has been played in that midfield position in many of the pre season friendlies. But he is injured again (thigh).
The next best option would have been Song who had a tremendous close season last year.
If he was good enough to play against Manchester United at Old Trafford at centre back then surely he would now be good enough to play in his natural position in midfield.
But like Gilberto, Song is representing his country in the Olympics.
Guess who played in all of Arsenal’s “meaningful” pre season friendlies.
Guess who was man of the match against that wonderful away 3-1 win at Stuttgart.
Guess who run Adebayor very close in our poll as to who was man of the match against Real Madrid in the Emirates Tournament.
Out of 1220 votes cast Adebayor got 26% and Denilson 21% of the votes.
And although he had an average game last night against Ajax which was probably due to fatigue, guess who sprang into the opponents box after playing the one two with Adebayor before giving the perfect assist for the winning goal.
Denilson is a skillful midfielder who plays with his brain. He is seen as a similar player to Fabregas in the sense that he is a creative midfielder rather than a defensive, destructive type of player like Flamini was.
In this sense many do not think that he can flourish in that position but in my opinion if a player has brains then he can be flexible enough to adjust his game to become effective in various positions.
A typical example of the opposite is Eboue who has not been able to make the switch from defender to wide midfielder.
So Denilson is very likely to start against Twente and if he does well you never know do you?
No one expected Flamini to play any games in the first team last season or even to keep his place after Gilberto came back.
Maybe Denilson can do the same……
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