Former Arsenal man Andre Santos was reportedly beaten up by fans of current club Flamengo outside the stadium on Sunday following another damaging defeat.
The Daily Mail have relayed reports from Brazil that claim the Emirates Stadium flop was hit in the face and kicked by an angry supporter waiting outside the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Santos ran and tried to jump into a van that had arrived to pick him up from the ground dressing rooms. Fla had just lost 4-0 to Internacional and the travelling fans of the Rio club did not take the defeat well, as it left them rooted to the bottom of the Brazilian Serie A.
The match was 2-0 at half time thanks to a penalty by former Portsmouth player Andres D’Alessandro, which also saw Flamengo defender Chicão sent off. It was a dismal second half and Santos was targeted by fans for his poor performance.
Arsene Wenger signed the then Brazil international in 2011 from Fenerbahçe as part of a deadline day trolley dash to cover serious flaws in the Gunners’ squad. Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Park Chu-Young and Yossi Benayoun were also a part of that group.
Patience ran thin
His laid back demeanour and great desire to get forward from full-back initially had fans take a liking to him. However, a series of erratic and error-strewn displays quickly saw the Emirates Stadium crowd turn against Santos.
His departure in January of 2013 on loan to Gremio in Brazil was met with relief among Gooners, especially as it meant Spain international Nacho Monreal came in instead of him.
Monreal struggled at times last season in a campaign that was beset by niggling injuries, but he was a vast improvement on Santos on the left side of defence and has provided a great deal more competition for Kieran Gibbs.
While the attack will have left him badly shaken, there are no reports suggesting that Santos was seriously injured. Brazilian football has been beset by problems of hooliganism and violence in recent seasons.