Denilson attacks Wenger – how many other players secretly feel the same?

Denilson has revealed he is disillusioned with life at Arsenal because he wants to win trophies. In an open attack on the man who has defended him time and again after countless ineffective performances and rewarded him with a bumper contract he didn’t deserve, an ungrateful Denilson complained to The Sun:

“This has been the worst season of my life and I am so upset, so frustrated. I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I’ve been here for five years and won nothing. It’s great to play beautiful football but sometimes to be a winner you have to play ugly if you want to succeed.”

Which begs the question why in that case couldn’t he be arsed to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in more often? His apathetic performances and reluctance to track back have cost us key points in key games throughout his Arsenal career. I accept he came to the club as a more attacking player and Wenger tried to turn him into Song’s back up, but that’s no excuse for the shocking matches he’s had recently. Now he says he wants to move on – well, good riddance to bad rubbish.

However, he has a point. We cannot continue to rely on our tippy-tappy sideways football as teams have sussed it out now. We need a plan B and to add more steel to our game.

He continues:

“This is not a sudden decision. I made up my mind eight months ago. I was fed up of coming home and feeling down. But I haven’t said anything until now because I didn’t want to disrupt the team during the season.”

This explains why he has been particularly poor this season as he’s not happy playing pretty but ineffective football in a team that never wins anything. I couldn’t care less about Denilson’s happiness to be honest as I have never rated him. What worries me most about his comments is this – how many other Arsenal players feel this way too?

Who else secretly resents not winning anything because Wenger won’t “play ugly” or splash the cash on some proven Premiership quality?

Consider how many other Gunners have been poor by their own standards this season – Diaby, Rosicky, Clichy, Almunia and more worryingly Arshavin and Fabregas have not been anywhere near their best. Is this because they are also disillusioned with life at the club and have lost their motivation? I think it’s a very plausible and troubling explanation.

Denilson wants to leave Arsenal

You want out? Good - take Almunia, Eboue, Vela and Diaby with you please.

I blogged after the Villa defeat questioning whether Wenger had lost the dressing room. Well, we now know he certainly lost the faith of Denilson this year. The question is, how many others feel the same and aren’t putting in a shift for the club? How many couldn’t be bothered whether or not we beat West Brom, Blackburn, Sunderland, Bolton, Stoke or Villa? Because if you analyse those matches I’d say a high percentage weren’t playing for the gaffer.

In my opinion Denilson’s revelations only support the view that Wenger is fast losing the dressing room and that is something that can’t be fixed with a few summer signings. He needs to drastically alter his reliance on youth and his predictable style of play if he is to win back the trust of his players, get them believing again and ensure they show some heart and passion on the pitch.

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  1. dutchgunner

    rubbish, denilson is just bitter that he isnt at the same skill level as his team mates and that an 18 yr old came in and made him look like a pub league player. He claims hes a winner but this is the same denilson who was overtaken by a ref when tracking back during a man u counter attack.

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    • Gooner Steve

      I agree it’s partly sour grapes from a mediocre player. But the point of my post is that if he’s lost faith in his mentor then who else has? Forget the fact he’s bitter, doesn’t it worry you that other players might not believe in Wenger’s vision anymore either? After all, thousands of fans and many pundits don’t.

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  2. No1gooner

    He hardly attacked Wenger did he, you chose the parts of the interview to put in very wisely to make it look that way so well done, shame you missed this part……

    “I know some people will think I’m crazy. They are right. It is a great club, with a great organisation, a great manager and so many talented players. I need a fresh challenge and, although I’m taking a big gamble, I’m ready to take that risk.”

    The guy just wants a new challenge, end of story.

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    • Gooner Steve

      Yes he did say that, but the quotes I used in my article illustrate why he wants a fresh challenge and that’s because he’s fed up with playing beautiful football that doesn’t win trophies. The fact remains he said “It’s great to play beautiful football but sometimes to be a winner you have to play ugly if you want to succeed”. If that’s not a dig at Wenger’s philosophy then I don’t know what is.

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      • No1gooner

        Bollox, your talking shit trying to make something out of nothing, your well on your way to working for the sun though, what was there headline today: “Denilson rocks Arsenal” you must be kidding me, id pay him to leave.

        Anyway back to the point, what was it, oh yeah your a twat! Goodbye x

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        • Gooner Steve

          Have it your way then – Denilson didn’t say all that stuff, everything is just rosy at Arsenal and we’ll do the treble next season, no problem.

          Lovely chatting to you. :)

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  3. steve.

    IF ARSENAL DON’T GET RID OF ALL THEIR FRADGILE,NO TALENT TYPE,LET’S NOT
    CARE ATTITUDE PLAYERS,AND REPLACE WITH A TOUGHER WANT TO WIN BRAND OF
    PLAYER,ARSENAL WILL BE STRUGGLING TO KEEP IN THE TOP HALF OF THE DIVISION,
    NEXT SEASON,JUST LOOK AT THE TEAMS WHO HAVE TAKEN POINTS OF ARSENAL THIS SEASON,TEAMS THAT ARE STRUGGLING AT THE BOTTOM,THAT’S A BAD SIGN,AND WHO’S FAULT IS IT,THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE PLAYERS TO THE CLUB,THE MAN THAT PICKS THE TEAM EACH WEEK,ARSENE WENGER,SO I SAY BEFORE IT’S TO LATE”WENGER OUT”
    THE SOONER THE BETTER.

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  4. laolu collins

    pls lets wenger tell us if there is no cash to sign good players,we the fans we be happy to contribute money for us to be happy. The shame of being an arsenal fans is too much back here in Nigeria. Pls we need to be happy AW.

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    • rockofgilberto

      It’s not just Arsene but the board who need to make things clear. By all indications, there is plenty of money to fund transfers. Whether much will be spent is another thing entirely. Anyone who has their hopes pinned on us signing Karim Benzema or Mertesacker or even Cahill is probably going to be disappointed. He may unearth a few gems in the bargain bin, but we won’t have much to cheer this summer as far as signings, that’s my fear.

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  5. alan b'stard M P

    rockofgilberto is right. All these transfers in will not happen, and the board is largely at fault, as well as AW.

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  6. Ebenezer

    I am hereby declare Arsenal an hypertension club wish has lost many life…wenger is too much greedy and very economist,what cost him to buy a good player? but he believes in business and to make money to the club wish is rubbish,what we arsenal fans need is trophy and i can not blame Denison who said he need a trophy because whatever you do today is an history of tomorrow.

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