26, September 2021



Brazilian midfielder Denilson Neves has gone under the radar since his Premier League spell ended eight years ago. He was an Arsenal player for seven years until he secured a return to Sao Paulo in 2013.

DenilsonNeves now play his club football with Brasil de Pelotas in the Brazilian league. The 33-year-old joined Brasil de Pelotas as a free agent earlier this year and he has already played eight times for the club in the league. Since leaving Arsenal, Denilson has played for Sao Paulo again, United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda, and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He has also featured for Botafogo in the Brazilian league plus Silema Wanderers in the Maltese Premier League since his time in the English top flight.

Former Brazilian junior international Denilson started his career at Sao Paulo before he made his professional debut for the club in 2005. He played 12 times for Sao Paulo before moving to the Premier League to sign for Arsenal. DenilsonNeves arrived in England as an unknown quantity with a few games under his belt in the first team.

Denilson made four starts and eight substitute appearances for Sao Paulo as they won the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup titles in 2005.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had high hopes for Denilson when he joined the club. He played his first game for the Gunners in a League Cup clash with West Brom at the start of the 2006/07 season. Denilson was a regular in the League Cup team for Arsenal that season as they reached the final of the competition before they were beaten by London rivals Chelsea.

Denilson tasted Premier League football for the first time when he came off the bench during the defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in December 2006.