There has been a lot of debate for a long time this season on this site (and on others) about the merits and demerits of the young Arsenal midfielder, Denilson.
A lot of readers have slugged him off for being just a short and sideways passer of the ball who can’t tackle and folds under pressure.
Others have been lyrical about his performances siting his stats which are indeed, as you will see below, impressive.
As the little Russian demon, Arshavin, seems to have, inadvertently, entered the debate by eulogising about Denilson after his recent performance at Fratton Park against Portsmouth we thought it will be a good idea to throw this debate open and ask for your opinions on the matter.
We have included below some of the arguments for and against.
By Various Anonymous
This reader is very eloquent about his merits:
“All I gotta say is this.... tons of people on these blogs hate him, but he has received praise from Wenger AND Ferguson.
I could read 1 million posts in blogs saying he is crap, but if Wenger and Ferguson both think he is going to be one hell of a player.
Like said before, OPTA:
Denilson is 2nd most accurate passer of the ball (87%) in the league behind only Mikel (89%)
He has also made 2213 passes, putting him 2nd only to Alonso's 2297.
Oh yes, did I mention that he is only 21? plz, how on earth can someone think a player with those stats and age is crap is beyond me
He has also scored 3 times and made 7 assists, so hes been responsable for 10 goals...
Xavi Alonso has scored 5 and made 5, so if Denilson is crap then Alonso must be having a really crap season....
oh wait... wasn’t there tons of people saying he should have gotten player of the season? ;)
But this reader is obviously not:
“Denilson our best player. You must be having a laugh. I've never seen anyone as poor as he is at actually completing a 10ft pass.
I suggest that YOU watch the game again and count how many times he leaves his passes short, ending our move up the field and requiring us to start again from the back.
How frustrating it must be a teammate on the pitch with him. It's nice that he wins the ball, but he gives it away as many times as he wins it”.
Another is also not that convinced:
“I thought Denilson was crap today. His best passes were backwards, disappeared for long periods and often gave ball away and then jogged back rather than chasing the mistake.
I have always been a big fan but have been disappointed with him recently”.
You can join the debate by stating your opinion and or voting on the poll we have set up at the top of this page.