By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that Denilson can follow in Mathieu Flamini’s footsteps.

The French midfielder took advantage of Gilberto's absence after last summer's Copa America to stake his claim in the Arsenal first team. Flamini ended up making 40 appearances as Cesc Fabregas' regular midfield partner.

This season an injury to Abou Diaby has given Denilson his chance in Arsenal's 'engine room' and he will rack up his 50th Club appearance if he features at Bolton on Saturday. Wenger believes the Brazilian can make the most of his opportunity.

“Football is to be always ready when you get your chance,” Wenger told “To show that you have the quality. You can only do that if you have exceptional concentration level, exceptional stamina and motivation.

“Denilson has different qualities to Flamini but if you look at the numbers at the end of the season you will see he is a very good player. You look at the assists he has had since the start of the season, the balls he wins, the interceptions he has and the distance he covers.

“He is maybe not a flashy player but he is an efficient player.”

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19 Sep 2008