Arsenal reject Santos set for permanent return to Brazil

Andre Santos hasn’t had at the best of times in the Premier League with Arsenal having struggled to maintain a first team place and largely being an inconsistent performer.

But the Brazilian’s time at the Emirates is about to end with the left-back all set for a move back to Brazil having agreed terms with Flamengo.

It means that the left-back will be able to stay in the Brasileiro having spent much of last season playing for fellow Brazilian side Gremio.

In his new deal, the Rio de Janeiro club will share half of any financial profits made through the sale and merchandising of products associated with Santos.

Arsenal fans won’t be sad to see the back of the Brazilian who struggled tremendously since joining from Fenerbahce in 2011.

Whilst his on-field performance were initially showing some signs of promise, Santos eventually fell behind Kieran Gibbs as first choice left back at the club.

But it was one particular incident that condemned Santos to the changing room where he casually swapped shirts with Robin Van Persie despite the striker leaving Arsenal to join arch-rivals Manchester United.

With many Arsenal fans fuming over the incident, the club decided to ship Andre Santos back to Brazil where he spent the second half with Gremio but only made 5 appearances in the Copa Libertadores for the Porto Alegre team.

Despite trying to make his move to Gremio, the two clubs were unable to agree on the right terms associated with completing the transfer.

Andre Santos had been somewhat an unknown quantity when he moved to Arsenal having previously notched up 55 appearances for Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig.

This may have come back to haunt him at club level but Santos’ appearances for Arsenal were enough to warrant him a call up to the Brazil national team where he has made 24 appearances since 2009.

Santos’ departure to Flamengo has meant that 5 regular squad members have left the Emirates Stadium since the transfer window opened.

Alongside Santos, fellow Brazilian Denilson left the club on a free transfer as have Andrei Arshavin and Sebastian Squillaci meanwhile Vito Mannone moved to Sunderland at the start of July for £2m.

With Andre Santos finally on his way back to Brazil, Arsenal fans ill hope that the additional resources available to the club will be enough to bring in some players who can make a lasting impact at the Emirates Stadium.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!