On-loan Arsenal midfielder Denilson is confident Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Speculation is rife over where Spain midfielder Fabregas will be playing his football in the new season, with Barcelona consistently linked with him.

Barca is desperate to take the 24-year-old back to the Nou Camp but are yet to meet Arsenal's valuation, reported to be £40million.

But Denilson, who is spending this season on loan at Sao Paulo, believes Fabregas will still be a Gunners player when the new campaign starts.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think it's very important because the fans, the staff at Arsenal, everyone loves Cesc and I think he's going to stay."

Denilson, who joined Arsenal in 2006 from Sao Paulo, requested a loan return to the club this season in order to be near to his three-year old daughter.

But the 23-year-old admits he already misses Arsenal and hopes to be back in the squad this time next year.

"I miss London, I miss Arsenal," he added. "I lived there for five years, it's a long time for me. But I think next season I'll be back."

The midfielder feels much of Arsenal's appeal is down to Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has come under fire after the Gunners failed to end its six-year trophy drought last season, but Denilson has jumped to his defence.

"Everyone knows Arsene Wenger is a top man and a top manager," he said.

"He's not just a coach, he's like a dad. It's brilliant for me and for the players because he's helped the players."

Wenger has also attracted criticism for his lack of business in the transfer market in recent years, but Denilson insists Arsenal does not need to emulate the big-spending ways of their top-four rivals to contend for silverware.

"If you see Manchester (United), Chelsea buying many players, Manchester City as well, they pay much money for the players but Arsenal don't need that," he said.

"This season I'm sure 100 per cent they can win the trophies."