Arsenal playmaker considered Merseyside switch

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Arsenal benchwarmer Denilson has told Arsene Wenger he wants to leave the Gunners in the summer, and is planning on heading to either Italy or Spain.

The midfielder says he has considered a move from Arsenal to Liverpool, as well as Chelsea and Manchester City, as the former Sao Paulo star weighed up his options for a move to a club that could offer him trophies and game time.

"This has been the worst season of my life and I am so upset, so frustrated,’ Denilson said.

‘I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I've been here for five years and won nothing.


‘A footballer's career is over very quickly so it is time for me to move on.”

The 23-year-old moved to Arsenal from Brazil in 2006, and says he has been considering leaving for a while.

“This is not a sudden decision,” the midfielder said.

“I made up my mind eight months ago. I was fed up of coming home and feeling down. 

“But I haven't said anything until now because I didn't want to disrupt the team during the season. And I haven't caused a big scene.”

Denilson says his consideration of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City left him deciding that a move to either La Liga or Serie A would be best.

“I can't see myself returning in a Chelsea shirt, or Liverpool or Manchester City - and definitely not Tottenham. I think my future will be Italy or Spain. 

“It's great to play beautiful football but sometimes to be a winner you have to play ugly if you want to succeed.”

With Arsenal going six seasons now without a trophy, a long list of players are reportedly considering an exit in the summer, including Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Alex Song and Samir Nasri.

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