By Avenell Dave
A Liverpool fan said to me during the week that Scousers know how bad Denilson is because he can’t even get into the Brazil squad ahead of Lucas, their hapless midfielder who has just been given a new contract.
I’ve made no secret on this site of my dismay at his performances – he can’t run, can’t tackle, can’t shoot, can’t pass more than two yards unless it’s backwards and generally does little of any use when wearing the Arsenal shirt.
Whenever I’m at Emirates or away games, the fury he inspires in fans who should be supporting him knows no bounds.
The time has been and gone when we can give him the benefit of the doubt, sadly.
The fact that Arsene Wenger hauled him off at half time during the WBA game says it all about the detrimental effect he was having on the team and the fans who are usually so loyal and supportive.
I do hope he leaves this summer, looking for a new club mindful of Aaron Ramsey, Henri Lansbury and Emmanuel Frimpong returning and pushing him even further down the pecking order.
And that’s the point of his absence from the starting line-up this weekend.
Arsenal’s first XI is superb and with Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song returning, the only hope Denilson would have had from getting involved was if Wenger decided to give Jack Wilshere a rest after his international exertions.
With nine must-win games coming up, that simply isn’t an option.
There was a lot of anger yesterday at some fans celebrating the fact that Denilson is injured and therefore will be nowhere near the team tomorrow – and much as I’d rather he never wore an Arsenal shirt in anger again, that sort of talk cannot be condoned.
Denilson has been quiet on Twitter and whatever we think of him as a player, he is still a human being with feelings – and we are Arsenal, not Ch*vski where fans are expected to behave like complete morons.
On to Saturday’s game and we must win, it’s that simple.
If we draw or lose, that will be the end because the belief will have gone. Win and we are right back in it but we have to nurture the Theo van Nasregas axis and hope that Manuel Almunia doesn’t hand Blackburn a goal they do little to earn.
The absence of another strong central defender and of Wojciech Szczesny continues to cause concern and we have to hope the Pole and Johann Djourou come back as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we have enough to beat Blackburn – but how many times have we said that before and toiled at home when we should win with ease?
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