Denilson happy with competition
Denilson feels the competition to play for Arsenal is a testament to Arsene Wenger's faith in youth.
Last Updated: 22/11/10 9:52pm
Denilson is happy to have such healthy competition for a place in the Arsenal team and feels it is a testament to Arsene Wenger's faith in youth.
Brazilian midfielder Denilson is one of a clutch of players to have been groomed for long-term success by Wenger since his arrival at Arsenal four years ago.
The 22-year-old has made over 130 appearances for the Gunners and is vying with the likes of Alex Song, Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas to be a regular in the side.
He is not fazed by the challenge of battling for a starting role and is confident he is at the right club for his career to flourish.
"It is very good and healthy to have such competition," said Denilson ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League tie against Braga.
"If you look, the manager has given all of the young players the opportunity to play, and to show their abilities.
"Cesc Fabregas arrived at Arsenal when he was 16 years old, now just a few years later he is the captain of the team.
"We have got one of the best teams in the world, and also one of the youngest, with players like Wilshere and [Abou] Diaby.
"We all work together with the same idea and with huge respect between everybody."
With concerns over burning out Fabregas, Wenger could opt to play Denilson alongside Song and push Wilshere further forwards against Braga.
"Denilson is a good ball winner, and someone who can move the ball very quickly," said Wenger.
"In the way we see the game, that is a very important quality.
"The ball comes very quickly out of his feet and his passes are always very clean, with either foot."