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.
“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.
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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