Or “Brazil manager is horribly slow to realise really obvious things about Andre Santos”.
Mano Menezes had this to say about dropping our cheery Brazilian left-back(/left-winger/central midfielder/trequartista/other things) from his squad :
The problem with Andre Santos is tactical. He turned my hair grey when we were still at Corinthians.
Why? Because he is tactically irresponsible, but he did score 20-goals and it was worth it in the end. It was value for money, but with the Seleção you cannot pay this price.
One might say somewhat similar things about Santos and Arsenal – he didn’t score 20 goals, but in the end his game winning goal against Chelsea and equaliser against West Brom were crucial to Champions League qualification.
However his horrible mistakes were also quite crucial.
One hopes that he’ll have a better second season defensively in London, but there are no doubts at all about his ability going forward.
Despite some bizarre rumours linking him with a return to Brazil with Botafogo, Santos seems upbeat about his future with the Gunners:
It is more than seven years without winning a title and a club like Arsenal can not stay so long without being champions. I hope this year we can win titles and add to history of the Arsenal shirt.
I’m 100% adapted to Arsenal, no doubt. I’m happy there, because Arsenal is a club that gave me so much support when I arrived. Arsene Wenger was responsible for everything. I’m happy, I am very grateful to him for trusting in my work and giving me complete freedom when I got there. I learned a lot with him and the entire staff of Arsenal in these seven months.