On Wednesday Arsenal announced on their official website the departure of three senior players on free transfers this summer; and there were no surprises over the names that cropped up.
Andrei Arshavin’s long expected and overdue exit was confirmed by Arsene Wenger in April while Sebastien Squillaci hasn’t played in so long I have forgotten what the bloke looks like.
The same could be said about the third man on the list; Denilson.
Well at least in an Arsenal shirt anyway.
The last time the Brazilian midfielder stepped out onto the turf in the red-and-white of Arsenal was on the 19th March 2011 in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Since then he has been on an epic two-year loan deal at Sao Paulo; as the player who showed such glimpses of raw potential in his early Gunners days failed to live up to that billing.
His two years back home have been nothing short of entertaining with petitions demanding his exit, comic own-goals, Twitter outbursts and wonder-goals all occurring since he went back to his boyhood club in 2011.
In April it seemed that Sao Paulo had also decided he was not quite right for a permanent deal. He had suffered a dip in form and was also seemingly to much trouble than he was worth; as his wage demands were reportedly high for a player for who has yet to feature for the Brazilian national team.
But never fear Denilson because if there is one place in world football where Brazilian footballers are always welcomed it is Russia.
And according to Russian paper Izvestia he has received an offer that will be far too good to refuse.
The Russian champions CSKA Moscow are apparently ready to offer him a deal at the club. They see him as excellent cover for Swedish enforcers Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom in the heart of their midfield; and at an affordable price of diddly-squat they are more than willing to speak to the 25-year-old.
His agent has confirmed interest from ‘Russia, Germany, Italy and Turkey’ but with CSKA he would be in a double winning side who are playing Champions League football next season; and probably be paid handsomely for the pleasure.
So it has been a good and bad week for Denilson.
He was released one day; before apparently being offered a deal by a team assured of a Champions League group stage place next season the next.
Not even Arsenal could have offered him that.
Do you think Arsenal and Denilson’s paths will cross again?
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