Brazilian Denilson was born in Sao Paulo and first joined the Emirates side in 2006 making over 100 appearances for the club but at the age of 23 many may feel it could be the wrong decision to leave just yet, although a majority of Arsenal fans also believe it is time for him to play elsewhere.
Denilson has also shocked his team mates but suggesting he decided he wanted to leave eight months ago but did not want to disrupt the dressing room.
“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. A footballer’s career is over very quickly so it is time for me to move on.”
The Brazilian continued.
“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 did not want to disrupt the team during the season. And I haven’t caused a big scene.
Regarding talks with the Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, Denilson was straight to the point.
“I’ve simply been to see Arsene Wenger and told him how I felt and he’s agreed to let me go. I know some people will think I am crazy. They are right. It is a great club with a great organisation, a great manager and so many talented players.”
His departure will lead to much speculation as to who will replace the midfielder who will now be looking for a new team.