In my opinion Denilson has been on the receiving end of some unfair criticism during the course of the season.
Of course he has his flaws, everybody does. But it's not his fault that his predecessors in the midfield of Arsenal were world-class and he is at the beginning of his career.
We cannot forget the fact that this is Denilson's first season as a regular in the Arsenal side and whilst I cannot agree with Arsene Wenger that he is an unsung hero, I think he has done a good job for Arsenal in a difficult season.
In truth Arsene Wenger has thrown Denilson in at the deep-end and Denilson has kept his head above water, improving as the season goes on.
In recent games I've been impressed with him. He has produced tenacious performances, and against Roma he was immense.
His job in the Arsenal side is to break down the play and give the ball to a creative player. Unfortunately for him, his most recent 'creative' partner has been Alex Song so I think he has done rather well!
I believe if Denilson had the players around him that Fabregas did when he became a first team regular then Denilson would have progressed even more. I'm not comparing Denilson and Fabregas' abilities but Denilson has no role model around to influence and help him grow as a player. Cesc did, Vieira.
There are statistics to say how well Denilson has done this campaign. I prefer to see with my own eyes and I see a player who has plenty of potential who with the right players around him could become a very important Arsenal player.
Everybody loves a good hard working and honest player, attributes I'd definitely give to Denilson. If he works at his game then he can become a very good player in years to come and one I hope to see remain at Arsenal.
Keep it Goonerish...............