Denilson kicked off Arsenal's 2009/10 campaign in style.

The midfielder scored the Gunners' first goal of the season with a sumptuous 25-yard curler into the top corner of Everton's goal at Goodison Park.

A back injury sustained at Manchester City in September kept him out for two months but he returned to strike home from 30-yards against Standard Liege in his 100th appearance for Arsenal.

Denilson went on to score some important goals for the Gunners and filled the big boots of Alex Song while the Cameroon international was on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Among his highlights was a crucial free-kick against Hull in December. In first-half stoppage-time he curled the ball into the top corner to break the deadlock against Phil Brown's resilient team in what Arsène Wenger described as a match-turning moment.

From January 20 through to the end of the season Denilson featured in all but seven of Arsenal's games, scoring against West Ham and Stoke to take his tally for the season to five.

Competition Appearances Goals
League 19+1 3
FA Cup 1
Carling Cup 0 0
Champions League 5+2 1
Totals 25+3 5

"I'm very proud of this night [his 100th appearance, against Standard Liege]. It's a dream for me. Two months out was very difficult but I am back now so I have to play well in all the matches."

His opening-day goal at Everton was one of the best of Arsenal's season. Bendtner found Fabregas and the captain slid the ball into Denilson's path. Twenty-five yards from goal, the Brazilian met it perfectly, curling the ball beyond Tim Howard’s despairing dive and into the top corner.

09/10 Everton 1-6 Arsenal - Denilson

Denilson opens Arsenal's season in style at Goodison Park

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9 Jul 2010