Look forward to watching Denilson
Tonight should be the first opportunity I get to watch one of the little-talked about signings of 2006: Arsenal's £3.4m signing of the Brazilian under 19 international captain midfielder, Denilson.
Wenger is incredibly tight in the transfer market, and with only a few exceptions, very astute. Therefore, to spend this much on an 18 year old suggests that Denilson has a lot of quality and I am really looking forward to seeing what he offers as he is expected to start in the Arsenal side visiting Anfield in the League Cup.
I have read that Wenger compares Denilson as a mix between (a primarily defensive midfielder) Gilberto and (a primarily attacking playmaker) Tomas Rosicky. If this is right, it sounds like he could be similar to the ex-Arsenal Brazilian midfielder, Edu. I was a massive fan of Edu: seeing him as a rolls-royce-smooth quick passing and intercepting midfielder. If I see hints of Edu in the play of Denilson I will be happy.
In the meantime, if anyone has already seen Denilson in action I - and I reckon other readers - will be interested to have your views on what type of player he looks to be and if he particularly resembles anyone.
P.S. Good to see that dependable 'man-of-steel' Lauren is set for his first appearance in eleven months. His experience and toughness is vital to the predominantly young Arsenal squad.