By Chris Harris

Arsenal's young players are proving their manager was right to have faith in them, according to Denilson.

Arsène Wenger's side kicked off their Champions League campaign with a stylish 6-0 victory over Braga on Wednesday night thanks to a brace apiece from Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela plus further strikes from Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh.

The finishing of Vela and the class of Jack Wilshere were two features of a fabulous evening at Emirates Stadium and Denilson paid tribute to the youthful element of Wenger's squad after making his own mark from the substitutes' bench.

"Tonight was a very nice night for Arsenal and I am proud of the team," said the midfielder. "Arsène Wenger believes in us and if we keep playing together we have a chance to win something because we need a trophy this season.

"The manager's faith is paying off. For a long time we did not win a trophy and it is normal then that people say that Arsène Wenger has to buy experienced players. But you saw tonight that the youngest players showed how important they are to the group.

"I think this season we have more experience and we have more confidence. We want to keep training well, keep playing well, keep working together and speaking together. If you play well you win and we have the quality."

Denilson missed most of pre-season plus the start of the campaign with an abdominal injury but he is easing his way back into the first-team picture and hopes that a sparkling season for his club could earn rewards with his country.

"I hope I can play for Brazil," he said. "I was injured five months ago but now I am fit to play. I want to go to the national team because it is my dream. I want to help Arsenal first and after that Brazil. There are friendlies coming up and I hope to be in the squad."

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16 Sep 2010