Flamengo sign Andre Santos on permanent deal
Andre Santos leaves Arsenal for Flamengo after a two-year spell in north London
Andre Santos was not part of the first team anymore and he had been left out of the 24-man squad for the Asian Tour as Arsene Wenger lost faith in him.
Santos was signed from Fenerbahce in a hurry at the end of the summer transfer window in 2011 to replace Gael Clichy after his departure. The Brazilian International had been one of the revelations of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, starting all but one fixture.
The left back had a promising start with the Gunners, scoring against Chelsea in a memorable fixture at Stamford Bridge. Santos was Arsenal's first choice player in the position in the absence of Kieran Gibbs. But he himself sustained a knee injury which kept him out for more than three months. As Gibbs quickly established himself as the first choice, Santos was dropped to the bench.
Santos was part of last summer's squad which went on tour to Asia. He was mostly used as a left midfielder as Wenger was frustrated at his lack of concentration when playing in defence.
In November 2012, Santos came under criticism after swapping shirts with Robin Van Persie at half-time. Arsenal fans turned on him and he quickly became a target for the crowd. He never really adapted to the Premier league due to his lack of pace and problems of concentration.
During the winter transfer window, Arsenal acquired the Spain International left back Nacho Monreal from Malaga. Santos was clearly surplus to requirement and the former Fenerbahce man was sent on loan to Gremio for the rest of the season. He had a fairly successful spell there but the Gunners failed to agree terms with Gremio for his transfer and he had to come back to North London.
Arsenal finally reached a deal with Flamengo on July 20 and Santos will return to Brazil and compete in Brazilian League Serie A.
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