Once a Gunner, Now a Wanderer: Sliema Sign Denilson

 

Former Arsenal Midfielder Denilson has agreed to move to Sliema Wanderers on a one-year contract. This was confirmed by Club President to The Times of Malta.

He started his career at São Paulo, where he was part of the side that won the 2005 Copa Libertadores and the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup. However, he was underutilized for São Paulo FC, having only made twelve appearances for the club, eight of those coming off the substitutes’ bench.

On 31 August 2006, Denílson joined the English club Arsenal for a fee of £3.4 million, choosing 15 as his shirt number. Many were surprised by his transfer to Arsenal because of his lack of experience in club football. He was described as “a little bit in between Tomáš Rosický and Gilberto” by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, Denílson was included in Arsenal’s 19-man squad that travelled to face CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on 17 October 2006; he was named on the substitutes bench for the match, but did not play. He had to wait until 24 October 2006 for his first-team debut, when he started a League Cup third-round match against West Bromwich Albion. He was ever-present in Arsenal’s 2006–07 League Cup campaign.

 

 

With the Gunners, Denilson made 96 appearances and managed to score six goals. He also represented the English Premier League giants in the UEFA Champions League, where he made 24 appearances and netted one goal.

On 3 June 2013, Denílson’s agent confirmed that both Arsenal and Denílson had agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

On 14 June 2013, Denílson signed a four-year contract with São Paulo. He moved to Al Wahda in the UAE during the summer of 2015. Whilst at Al Wahda, Denilson won the UAE League Cup of 2016.

Denilson’s signing at Sliema Wanderers comes after a somewhat disappointing 2019/2020 season, which saw them fight against relegation.

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