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Jul 18, 2011

Denilson seals Sao Paulo loan

Denilson has sealed his loan move away from Arsenal, as he joins former club Sao Paulo for a season.

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Denilson returns to Brazil, five years after joining Arsenal from Sao Paulo, having endured a difficult campaign at Emirates Stadium last season, managing just six Premier League starts as the Gunners' search for silverware was extended to six years.

"I am very pleased to return. I want to help Sao Paulo become Brazilian champions," Denilson told Lancenet. "I have returned because of my family and Sao Paulo. This is the club where I was raised, where I started, who have a very beautiful history. I am realising a dream."

Denilson has confessed that one of the reasons he has decided to accept a new challenge is because of the Gunners' title drought, as he is looking to get his hands on a trophy in his homeland.

"It was complicated, I was five years there and unfortunately we did not win anything. Now, with my head at Sao Paulo, I think I will do that," the player added. "I hope to resolve everything as soon as possible to return to work and continue my career here [in Brazil]."

Earlier, Denilson told Arsenal's official website of his sadness at leaving: "I will be playing in Brazil next season as I felt that this is a good opportunity for me to play regular first-team football. I move away with sadness because I have so many friends at Arsenal and everyone has always been so supportive towards me.

"I want to say thank you to the club, and of course, also a big thank you to all the Arsenal fans who are very special.

"I'm now focused on doing well in Brazil next season, but will always be looking out for the Arsenal results. It is a great Club with many great players, a good team spirit and a top-class manager. I wish you well for next season."

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