Many critics of Arsene Wenger were ready and waiting to jump on the French genius for his lack of activity in the transfer market towards the end of August. They claimed he had acted too slowly to add a much-needed midfielder to the squad in light of the departures of Gilberto Silva and most notably Mathieu Flamini. However, they were wrong to doubt the mercurial intelligence of the Arsenal boss.
If Arsene had indeed brought in an experienced defensive midfielder to fill a void that many believed needed filling, then he could well have alienated the players already at the club who he believed were more than capable of doing a good job for the north London outfit. One player above all has greatly impressed me in recent weeks and could well prove any doubters wrong if he continues to grow and mature into the role alongside Cesc Fabregas. That player, of course, is Denilson.
The young Brazilian is a quality player who manages to combine biting tackles with incisive passing in a way that has got many Gunners fans very excited about the future prospects of the 20-year-old Sao Paulo born midfielder.
A great many players were said to be close to moving to the Emirates during the mid-season break as it became clear that Flamini was about to make his treacherous move to AC Milan and it would have been far too easy for Wenger to bring in a big name to fill the breach. But clearly the boss thought it was unnecessary and even though it is still early days it appears to be a gamble that is beginning to pay off.
Since his arrival two years ago, Arsene has expertly brought the youngster along without putting too much unneeded pressure on his young shoulders and it’s a tactic the manager has, of course, mastered over the years in charge. It shows yet again just how incredibly adept the manager is at harnessing his youthful protégés into the polished young talents they now are.
Alan Hansen famously said you can’t win anything with kids and was of course proved wrong by Fergie’s fledglings. What price now that Wenger’s wonder boys could well prove the Liverpool legend wrong for a second time?