By Richard Clarke
Given that Denilson has played just one competitive game for Arsenal Reserves it was perhaps surprising to see him named in the travelling party for the game at CSKA Moscow.
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!"