By Richard Clarke
However Arsène Wenger has explained why he has high hopes for the Brazilian midfielder signed on August 31 from Sao Paulo.
"He is what you call an all-round player here in England," said the Frenchman. "He defends well, is a good passer of the ball and has good technique. He has fantastic stamina and has a good first touch too.
"I feel he can play in the side already and we will see him certainly at West Bromwich Albion [in the Carling Cup] next week.
"If he is needed he can come on. He is 18-years-old but he will not be fazed."
Denilson's arrival at Arsenal was helped by a healthy slice of good fortune.
"One-and-a-half years ago I was in Brazil watching a boy called Ramon," said Wenger, "and I saw Denilson on the tape.
"At the moment he is a bit unsettled because it is the first time he has left his country and he is still in a hotel. But I know he has a strong character. He's a leader but at the moment, because he doesn't speak much English, he doesn't do a lot of leading!"17 Oct 2006