The reason why Arsene Wenger loves Denilson

March 21, 2010

Denilson is one of the Premiership’s most underrated players. After an impressive 2008/09, his place has recently come under threat thanks to the good form shown by Abou Diaby, especially in games where Arsene Wenger wants a more offensive slant to his midfield.

But Denilson remains the Arsenal player most efficient and tidy on the ball. Although he rarely plays the killer ball, with a trident generally comprising Cesc Fabregas, Andrei Arshavin and Samir Nasri ahead of him, this is not his domain. Rather, Denilson’s role is to act as the ‘link’ in the midfield, keeping possession, feeding the creative players, and knocking sensible passes out to the full-backs.

His performance against West Ham demonstrated this well. 73 passes attempted, 73 passes completed – an astonishing record:

by Guardian Chalkboards

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