Despite the transfer window now being closed there will still be plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal confirm Santos loan.
Arsenal have today confirmed that full-back Andre Santos has left the club to join Brazilian side Gremio on loan until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old moved to the Emirates in 2011 to replace Gael Clichy – who had been sold to Manchester City – but has never really been able to establish himself as a first team regular in Arsene Wenger’s team.
Santos has always had to play second-fiddle to Kieran Gibbs and only managed 21 appearances last season. The lack of playing time seems to have had an adverse affect on him as he’s looked well short of match-fitness when he’s been called upon this season.
The deadline day signing of Nacho Monreal last month seems to have forced Santos out the door and after days of speculation, Arsenal.com have confirmed that the former Brazilian international has moved back to his homeland in search of first team football.
Despite the problems we may face with the left back spot for Bayern Munich next week, with Gibbs injured, Vermaelen doubtful and Monreal cup-tied, it seems the boss would rather risk it than play Santos, which tells us all we need to know about his current status in the squad.
While he may not have turned out to be the exciting Samba Star we hoped for when he signed, let’s forget the abject recent performances and remember Santos for arguably his most important contribution in an AFC shirt when he scored a vital equaliser just before half time against West Brom on the final day of last season. We went on to win the game 3-2 and without his fine strike just before the break, we may not have qualified for the Champions League this season. Here are the goals from the game, thanks Andre!