DenilsonNeves made his name as a professional footballer during his time in the Premier League with Arsenal. He had joined the Gunners around a year after making his first-team debut at boyhood club Sao Paulo in his home country Brazil. Arsenal were said to have paid around £3.4m to sign the midfielder from Sao Paulo in the summer of 2006. Denilson was relatively an unknown quantity when he left Sao Paulo to join Arsenal before the start of the 2006/07 season. He spent five seasons at the Emirates Stadium before making the decision to return to Brazil.
Brazilian midfielder DenilsonNeves would later reveal that he was homesick and that informed his decision on a return to Brazil in 2011. Sao Paulo signed him from Arsenal on loan and he would later spend another season on loan before reaching an agreement over the termination of his Arsenal contract in 2013.
DenilsonNeves came through the Sao Paulo youth system before he was promoted to the first team during the 2005 season. He was part of the Sao Paulo squad that won the 2005 Copa Libertadores and went on to win the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup which they qualified for as South American champions. Denilson was not a regular in that Sao Paulo team. In total, he started four games plus eight substitute appearances before signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2006.
Premier League club Arsenal paid around £3.4m to Sao Paulo for the transfer of Denilson who was largely an unknown quantity when he arrived in London. Denilson came to Arsenal on the back of little club football experience.
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Denilson Neves has stated the reason behind the collapse of his career at the North London club many years ago. Denilson talked about his football career at Arsenal in a chat with popular media platform Four Four Two. The one-time Brazilian junior international spoke about his loneliness at Arsenal and how it played a big role in the collapse of his Gunners career.
There was remarkable difference between his life at the match venue and his life at home. DenilsonNeves was playing in front of tens of thousands of people only for him to be lonely when he returns home after the day’s work. The player narrated how he would log on to MSN Messenger to speak to someone who had watches his game for the Gunners but there was no one to speak to about his preferences.DenilsonNeves talked about the pedestal that players have been placed on and that players are also human beings. (more…)