Arsenal reject Denilson's career has just reached a new low

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Incredible to think that Denilson was once tipped to succeed Patrick Vieira at Arsenal.

The midfielder arrived in north London, aged 18, as one of Brazil's hottest talents, with Arsene Wenger spending a cool £3.4 million to sign him from Sao Paulo.

Big things were expected of the now 28-year-old, with Wenger saying: "[Cesc] Fabregas and Denilson can show they have the quality to reach the level Patrick Vieira was at a couple of years ago."

Vieira was similarly a big fan: "He's a wonderful player. He is young and has so many qualities and he's only in his first years of playing in the Premier League."

How times change.

Denilson's career has plummeted since permanently leaving Arsenal in 2013, when he rejoined Sao Paulo as a free agent.

He then signed for Abu Dhabi's Al-Wahda in 2015 on a three-year contract before being sent out on loan to Cruzeiro in his native Brazil.

And most recently, his career hit rock bottom.

Despite joining Cruzeiro in the summer transfer window and since making just two starts, Denilson's loan deal in Brazil's Serie A has been terminated after four months.

The former Brazil Under-19 captain released the following statement: "I have just got to thank the club and the people who work there. I was received fantastically."

From Arsenal starlet to Cruzeiro reject in the space of 10 years, Denilson's career has come to a dramatic hault.

It's a real shame the Brazilian never realised his potential. During his seven-year stay in England, he showed small glimpses of his ability and scored some fantastic goals (see below).

Denilson might regret saying he planned to write his name into Arsenal's history books in 2008.

"Any comparisons with Vieira are great for me because he was really a player that left his mark on this club," he said, per Goal.

"He helped Arsenal to achieve beautiful things so it’s an important reference for me.

"But it's the same with Gilberto Silva. He is also an example for me to follow. They have both made their mark and now it is my time to write my history in the pages of Arsenal."

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