Brazilian Football Expert Predicted Andre Santos Would Flop At Arsenal

Almost 18 months ago, I warned Arsenal fans that Santos was not the left-back they were looking for. Reading it back now, my forecast was uncannily accurate....
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Almost 18 months ago, I warned Arsenal fans that Santos was not the left-back they were looking for. Reading it back now, my forecast was uncannily accurate....

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Arsenal’s new signing of Fenerbahce’s left-back / winger André Santos may prove wrong to boost up Arsène Wenger’s squalid squad for this season. The best moment of this 28-year-old career was in 2009 for Brazilian giants Corinthians. Too long ago for a club that is desperate to avoid new disastrous performances like the 8-2 against Man U last weekend.

Santos played two years in Turkey. And he was struggling to make it to Fener’s first team: after a good start he was left out of the squad in December 2009 supposedly for taking part in an orgy. He would come back only a few weeks later, but there were rare great displays from him since then. Also, the supporters’ never hid they missed his predecessor, Roberto Carlos.

The same defensive problems  were the reason Dunga didn’t take him to the World Cup in South Africa last year

The Brazilian has a powerful left foot and surely has good passing skills – which could be great for a young Gunner team. He could give great through balls to Gervinho and every now and then change places so he tries a few long distance shots. Even so, his defending has been so lame that Brazilians said in a recent poll that he is the first player they want out of the Seleção. Santos gets so excited in attack that he forgets he has a goal to defend in the back.

Former Corinthians coach Mano Menezes had Santos as one of his idiosyncrasies in the Brazilian team since last year. But his garbage display at the 3-2 defeat against Germany made things more difficult for the winger and just recently he wasn’t called up for his country for the first time in a year. The same defensive problems  were the reason Dunga didn’t take him to the World Cup in South Africa last year. Arsenal will hope he can prove an entire country wrong. But can they?

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