by Lee Hurley
Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson is set to leave Sao Paulo to head to the United Arab Emirates.
The Brazilian, who is still only 27, confirmed that he will join Al Wahda who play in the Arabian Gulf League.
From his statement, he’s none too pleased about it and it is a measure of how he has failed to live up to the potential that Arsene Wenger saw in him that he has no better offers on the table from a more recognised league.
“I have accepted the offer with a heavy heart because everybody knows about my passion for Sao Paulo,” Denilson said.
I’m sure the supporters of his new club are delighted to hear that, as will their new manager, former Japan and Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre.
Arriving at Arsenal in 2006, Wenger stuck with Denilson long after the fans’ patience with his sideways passes ran out.
Whatever else he did while in an Arsenal shirt during the seven years he spent at the club, he will forever be remembered for being overtaken by the referee whilst tracking back as Manchester United launched a counter attack.
His medical will take place on 27th June.