Flamengo have confirmed (Portuguese link) that they’ve signed Andre Santos from Arsenal.
The Brazilian side say the former left-back has signed a 2 year deal, and there was no fee, confirming reports that the club and player came to a Denilonsesque arrangement regarding his contract.
It brings to an end an at first relatively happy but then quite unhappy time at the Gunners for Santos, and while he wasn’t anywhere near as good as people had hoped when he signed from Fenerbache, he was rather unfairly made a villain over the van Persie shirt incident.
Let’s face it – van Persie could easily have given him the shirt inside the tunnel, but chose to do it in public knowing full well how it would be received. If some blame can be attributed to the Brazilian, it doesn’t seem right to let the Dutch Skunk off the hook.
His North London career never recovered from that, or his arrest for driving to training at the speed of light, but the Instagramtastic ‘defender’ will surely find life in his own country more comfortable.
Arsenal seem well covered at left back now with Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, and he becomes the 7th player to depart the club this summer after Djourou, Denilson, Squillaci, Arshavin, Coquelin and Mannone were all sent on their respective ways.
He scored some good goals, made some stabby tackles, and booted Balotelli when he had one of his episodes at our place, so it wasn’t all bad.
Now though, it’s time to say farewell Andre, you weren’t a bad gay, really.