New contracts for Bendtner and Denilson
Arsene Wenger has once again signalled his faith in his current squad by handing out new contracts to Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner.
Following the sales of Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, many predicted that Arsenal would have to spend big if they were to compete for trophies this season. However, the Gunners boss remained adamant that significant changes were not needed in order to improve their Premier League football odds and come the close of the transfer window, the Frenchman had stuck to his word by making just one major signing.
This lack of activity is testament to a talented young squad and Wenger will be hoping that his actions instil a sense of loyalty in his players, that the likes of Adebayor are sorely lacking. As Wenger has discovered in the past, a contract doesn’t always guarantee the future of a player but he will nevertheless be delighted to have tied two of his more prominent youngsters to long-term contracts.
Brazilian midfielder Denilson signed from Sao Paulo in 2006 and has been quick to establish himself in the first team. Last season he made more appearances for the club than any other player and the Arsenal boss has clearly been impressed with the impact made by the 21 year old.
“Denilson’s contribution to the club last season was outstanding. His work rate really was exceptional and it is valuable to have players that we know will perform to the very last minute in such a demanding league.” said Wenger.
Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner has also enjoyed his fair share of first team appearances and repaid his managers’ faith last season with 15 goals in 27 starts.
Wenger commented: “Nicklas has impressed me highly with his application and determination over the last season, you can see that he wants to compete at the highest level and win things with his team-mates. He scored a number of important goals for us last season and he will look to replicate that again this year.”