Last week the acquisition of Nacho Monreal cast a very dark cloud over the Arsenal future of Andre Santos. Today, with the rain clouds just about done pissing all over him, it appears our smiley happy Brazilian will be hitching a ride on a rainbow back to Brazil.
According to L’Equipe our part-time-left-back-full-time-social-media-fiend is wanted on a six-month loan by homeland side Gremio and could complete a move by the end of the day (even though he was training at London Colney this morning).
It’s reported that Gremio president Fabio Koff is hoping to have the player register with regional football association CONMEBOL this afternoon so that he can play in the Copa Libertadores.
“André Santos is one of our interests,” Koff is quoted as saying by Sambafoot.com. “We talked with Arsenal, but there is nothing certain. It is a very difficult negotiation.”
Despite the difficulties in bartering with the Gunners, it is believed a resolution is very close to being reached. Apparently the transfer deadline day in South America is actually on Tuesday, but everybody at the Brazilian FA will be off on Monday celebrating Carnival. They do love to dance don’t they…
Just last week Arsene Wenger stressed that Santos did still have a future at the Emirates, predominantly because Kieran Gibbs is out injured for a month, but despite the fact Nacho Monreal is cup-tied for the Champions League it now looks as though the boss is ready to sever ties with a player whose ill-discipline both on and off the pitch has made him a target for disaffected fans.
It’s a shame things haven’t worked out for Santos at Arsenal. Something of a panic buy, he does have great feet for a fat fella and a winning smile. Alas that’s not really enough to succeed at the highest level.
It’s likely that the only people truly disappointed by this news will be Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who were both tipped to tear him a new one in Munich.
Best of luck from Arseblog News, you crazy kid.