Adiós Andre – a dilemma at left-back

Loveable Andre Santos has left London Colney for a stint at Gremio in Brazil. The timing of the loan deal is odd considering our current lack of depth at left-back, but perhaps it was the kindest, if not the most sensible thing to do.


Andre always struck me as a guy who does have the ability to be a good player, but perhaps his best position isn’t at left back, or at least not in the Premier League. His positioning has always been questionable, his fitness always a worry and recently his confidence has been so low I could imagine him losing the will to perform for Arsenal. I will never forget the furore surrounding his half-time shirt-swapping “incident” with RvP and whilst it’s not a common practice here, its a regular occurance in Brazil and the bile that was aimed at him was ridiculous at best, bullying at worst. Nevertheless, he tried to regain his spot, but continually being torn a new orifice will always knock your confidence and therefore his performance levels suffered. Arsène kept faith as I did, but he knew he would have to be ruthless.

We tried to send him back to Turkey but without success, so it is to Gremio in Brazil he goes and I hope he does well. I always imagined that he would get a shot at left wing for us but alas, it was not meant to be. Besides, Robben and Ribery would have given him permanent post-traumatic stress so we’ve saved him a lifetime of nightmares.

With his departure we have a conundrum to solve. Nacho Monreal has been outstanding in his first two games for us, but alas he is cup-tied for the game against Bayern so we need to find a new solution from within. Gibbs is still well and truly injured so someone else will need to step up. With the defensive departures of both Djourou and Santos, I would hope Arsène is focussed on giving Miquel a shot at the first team so perhaps he is thinking about putting him in, but I suggest it is more likely that should Vermaelen pass fit then he will be the stand-in. Vermaelen is mobile and sharp in the tackle, so between him and Sagna I expect our full-back positions to be well cared for. Especially in the light of the players who are going to be looking to exploit such weaknesses.

Tuesday 19th Feb will be an interesting yardstick of how we have degenerated as a side in Europe. If we get annihilated by a vibrant Bayern side then there will be little complaint from me, although deep down I harbour dreams that we might nick a result. If Jack is fit, then the resurgent Ramsey will probably be benched, but both have been in stunning form in the last few games and I hope that they both get a chance to get at Bayern and create something special for us fans.

A draw would be great, a win for Arsenal would be amazing.



8 thoughts on “Adiós Andre – a dilemma at left-back”

  1. Good Riddance Andre Santos.

    You were never fit to wear an Arsenal shirt.

    Crawl back under the rock you came from.

    We don’t need shirker’s in our team.

    1. I think Santos just wasn’t up to scratch for the Premier League, he was a gamble that didn’t pay off. He looked OK offensively, but was often found wanting defensively.


  2. Loved the Post, WG, the standard is right up there as usual. 🙂

    Santos was never a full back of the right quality. That said he was/is exceptionally skilful and I had hoped he would be kept to give the Gerv a run for his money.

    It is no secret that I am not a great fan of Gervinho, but Santos was much more able to cross the ball from the left, and had a good shot on him.

    Perhaps the reasons for his loan out was more than met the eye!

    1. Hi RA,

      Welcome back 🙂 I’ve missed your insight!

      I completely agree with you. Perhaps Arsene is being more ruthless when it comes to players not being up to scratch, or more likely Santos proved himself too much of a joker and wouldn’t knuckle down and train to the required level to function successfully in this Arsenal side. We all thought he looked a bit like a fridge at times and perhaps his eating habits followed suit.


  3. No worries Wiggie – it is fantastic for the team to have a break now. I reckon, many players will be rested until our game against Die Lederhosen, which means a rest of nine days. Of course, we need to make sure Arsenal win their home tie against Blackburn, which is never to be underestimated.

  4. How anyone can justify him swapping shirts with the biggest traitor in world football at the moment at half time is beyond me.

    As soon as he did that he should never have played in an Arsenal shirt again.

    He obviously wasn’t thinking about the game on hand throughout the game because he was thinking of that.

    I’m not going to wish him good luck because I don’t mean it.

    I never want to see him playing for Arsenal ever again.

    In any way shape or form.

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