Saturday, 16th July, 2011

Brazilian midfielder Denilson looks set to return to his homeland after Sao Paulo approached Arsenal over a one-year deal.

The 23-year-old has struggled to really establish himself as a first choice option for Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger since arriving in 2006 and dubbed last season "the worst of his life."

Denilson is also known to be unhappy at having failed to pick up any silverware during his time at the club and has watched with concern as several big-name players have been linked with the exit door this summer.

"I’ve simply been to Arsene Wenger and told him how I felt – and he has agreed to let me go", said the Brazilian.

"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."

Denilson cost Arsenal £3.4M and, aside from a season of regular first team football in 2008/09, has failed to clock over 20 Premier League appearances. And now the opportunity to head back to Brazil on loan is an opportunity too good for the player to miss.

Back in Brazil Denilson will hope to get some playing time under his belt. It remains to be seen whether Sao Paulo will be successful in inserting the right to make the loan permanent into the deal.

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