Denilson: I cried after the Birmingham defeat, I was sad and ashamed
Written by Renzo on May 22, 2011 4:30
Arsenal midfielder Denilson confessed he cried after the Gunners lost the League Cup Final at Wembley against Birmingham by two goals to one.
In a long interview with The Sun, the Brasilian started by explaining that no one knows why the Gunners have failed to win a trophy in these last six years adding that they are however still the best footballing in England, second only to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Believing that the Carling Cup was a golden opportunity to silence the critics, the youngster admitted he was devastated at the end of the game, “very sad and very ashamed”.
Denilson concluded by saying that the Gunners were simply not good enough to recover from the defeat as they went on to drop cheap points in the English Premier League, the reason why they failed to challenge then-winners Manchester United.
On Arsenal and the Carling Cup defeat, he said:
There’s something missing at Arsenal but no one knows what it is. Not the manager, not the players – nobody. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool spend millions and millions on players.
But we are still the best footballing side in Britain, we play beautiful football. Only Barcelona do it better. But we don’t win trophies. That’s so frustrating, you can’t imagine how frustrating.
Arsenal is a great club, we have a great manager and so many talented players. So we should be collecting silverware. And there are no excuses for it. Some people say we don’t succeed because we are too young and naive – but that’s no excuse.
We didn’t lose the Carling Cup final to Birmingham because we were too young. We lost because our confidence collapsed completely when Obafemi Martins scored for them. This was a final we should have won, we were the favourites.
It was the opportunity to silence all our critics. Here’s a trophy to shut you all up after five years – and this is going to be the start of many. What a lift that would have given us all. Especially as we were in such a fantastic position in all the other competitions too.
The quarter-finals of the FA Cup, quarter finals of the Champions League and sitting second in the league. It was all there for us and we were so motivated.
But when Martins scored it was all over. You could see it in the eyes of the players and the supporters there at Wembley. Our confidence just drained away and we never got it back. It was a catastrophe.
That was the moment our season was ruined, it started a domino effect and no one could stop it. I knew it was a massive moment, the point where it all started to go badly wrong and I think we all knew.
I went home afterwards and just cried. I was very upset, very sad and I was ashamed. After Birmingham the boss told us to hold our heads up and stressed there was still so much to play for.
We had Barca and United coming up and we were chasing the title. But although we went into both those games still believing we could win, it wasn’t enough. Since then everything has fallen away.
I remember leading Liverpool 1-0 and they scored in the last seconds. We were 4-0 up at Newcastle but drew. We also lost to Newcastle at home and West Brom and Aston Villa. We threw it away against Sunderland and Blackburn at the Emirates.
Let’s be honest, some of those games were shocking, shameful. We are better than that. But until Arsenal stop throwing away those silly points in those stupid games nothing will change.
All the players are hurting but we know the supporters suffer even more than we do. And most of all the boss suffers it worst of all and that makes me sad because he is a great man and a great manager.