Denilson out to impress
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Brazilian midfielder Denilson is determined to make an impact at Arsenal.
The teenage starlet, captain of the Samba Boys' Under-19 outfit, joined The Gunners on transfer deadline day from Sao Paulo.
He is loving life in England and has been boosted by some flattering words from coach Arsene Wenger.
"It has been a dream for me since I was young to play in Europe, but I never imagined I could sign for a club like Arsenal so early in my career," he told Arsenal TV Online.
"I am going to try to my maximum and I want my football to mature here.
"I really think I can become a champion with Arsenal and make it into one of the best players in the world.
"The manager has said I have real quality, with a good touch and good technique.
"He says that now I just have to adapt so I can start to play in the first team."
Denilson was given a run-out for the reserves against Barnet last month, and is hoping to be selected for the Carling Cup clash against West Brom later in October.
"In Brazil, you would not really get kicks like I did for the reserves - if a player had done that to me at home, then he probably would have got a red card," he observed.
"But this is English football, the players are very strong and the tackles are very strong. You just have to take one or two touches so you do not get tackled in the same way.
"I have been working hard to play in the Carling Cup and am hoping that with my persistence, I could get a chance."
Fellow Brazilians Gilberto and Julio Baptista also ply their trade at The Emirates Stadium, and Denilson admits their presence has helped him to settle in.
"It is good for me that Gilberto and Julio Baptista are here," he said.
"They talk to me about life at Arsenal, ask me if I am happy and understand things.
"Arsenal have treated me very, very well and have made me feel part of the family."