Denilson missed the start of the 2010/11 campaign with a groin problem and, when he finally recovered his fitness, the meteoric rise of Jack Wilshere kept him out of the team.
Deployed in a deeper role than in previous seasons, the midfielder was limited to just six Premier League starts with Wilshere and Alex Song the preferred pairing in front of the Arsenal back four.
A three-match suspension for Wilshere opened the door for the 22-year-old in November and Denilson impressed in back-to-back away wins over Wolves and Everton. He instigated the move that led to Cesc Fabregas' goal at Goodison Park and also allowed Song to get forward and head a late winner against West Ham while in the side.
He played in all six of Arsenal’s FA Cup games as well as playing every minute of the run to the Carling Cup Final, though he was an unused substitute at Wembley.
"It’s true [that it took time to regain my sharpness]. And after coming back late I also had to be patient, because many players were ready to play. I waited for my time and played, say, 15 minutes here and there. The boss always talked to me about how things were going and, most importantly, I’m ready to contribute fully.”
Denilson started the flowing move that saw Cesc Fabregas double Arsenal’s lead against Everton at Goodison Park. The Brazilian led a breakaway and fed Marouane Chamakh, who set up Fabregas to fire a snapshot past Tim Howard and put Arsenal on their way to a 2-1 away win.
Denilson helps to set up Cesc Fabregas at Goodison Park