Brazilian midfielder DenilsonNeves joined Arsenal as a hot prospect in the latter part of his teen yearsand he was soon given the chance to impress in the first team by then manager Arsene Wenger. Denilson took the opportunity well initially but he was unable to sustain it as the Brazilian player was found out much later into his Gunners career.


Denilson signed for the Gunners in 2006 and although he was a relatively unknown quantity when he moved to North London, big things were expected from him as a Brazilian. Also, he joined Arsenal from one of the biggest clubs in his native Brazil.

Arsenal paid £4.5m to secure the transfer of Denilson from Sao Paulo. His manager Wenger rated him highly as he labelled him as a player between compatriot Gilberto Silva and Czech Republic player Tomas Rosicky.

Wenger gave him more than enough games to make a midfield berth his own for a long time but the player was not able to take advantage completely. He played 153 times for the Gunners without being spectacular.

Denilson grew homesick and he soon left Arsenal to return to Sao Paulo on loan in 2011. He would go on to spend the final two years of his Gunners career on loan at Sao Paulo. The Brazilian sealed a permanent move to Sao Paulo at the end of his loan move. He joined the Brazilian team on a free transfer.

Sao Paulo then sold him to Dubai-based club Al Wahda for £2.79m in 2015 in what was the second and final transfer fee paid for him.Denilson made just 23 appearances for Al Wahda in three years.

Denilson was released by Al Wahda in 2018 shortly after his loan spell at Cruzeiro in the Brazilian league. He had to wait for four months after his release from Al Wahda before signing for another Brazilian team Botafogo where he spent just six months.

The Brazilian player was without a club for over a year before Silema Wanderers of Malta signed himahead of the 2020/21 season. He was in Malta for one year before making his return to Brazil to play for Brasilde Pelotas this summer.