Wenger: Santos has Arsenal future
Andre Santos sent out on loan to Brazilian outfit Gremio to rediscover form, insists Wenger
Arsene Wenger has sent Andre Santos on loan to Gremio to rediscover his form, having lost confidence due to the lack of first-team opportunities.
The Brazilian left-back completed a temporary move to his homeland just before the transfer deadline, and Wenger hopes the 29-year-old full-back can return to form during his loan switch.
"He moved because he'd lost a bit of confidence and he needs to play," Wenger said. "He's a guy who's a very good football player, but he didn't get enough games."
Santos was out-of-favour at Arsenal, with Kieran Gibbs Wenger's first-choice at left-back. With Gibbs picking up a long-term injury, Santos could be forgiven for thinking that this was his chance to cement his position in Arsenal's first-team.
But Wenger dived into the transfer market to find a replacement, having signed Nacho Monreal from Malaga and in turn, pushing Santos further down the pecking order.
Wenger believes a stint of playing games back in Brazil will be good for Santos' confidence, and the French tactician is refusing to rule out Santos having a long-term future at the Emirates upon his return.
"He's more at ease in my opinion on the left of midfield, where there's a lot of competition," said Wenger. "He will be back at the end of July, and of course he can have a future at Arsenal.
"That depends as well on the ins and outs during the summer."
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