Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Player Review: Andre` Santos

Arsenal signed the Brazilian ace for 6.2 million euros after the nightmare at Old Trafford in order to plug the ailing defence. A quality player, Santos figures well with the team as a left back with an attacking approach. The 28 year old defender has 22 Brazil caps and has found the net 10 times for the Corinthians.
Andre Santos made his debut for Arsenal in the 4-3 loss to Blackburn FC. He gave an exceptional performance against Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League group match.

A known fact is that Santos has been known to play as a left winger too which has helped shape the left back's attacking bent of mind. His move to Arsenal to fill in for the absence of Gael Clichy was well appreciated by Arsenal fans.

Arsène Wenger (On Santos' move): “Santos is a quality player, with the ability to both defend well and get forward and help with attacks. He has experience in the Champions League and for Brazil and has proven he can deliver at the highest level. We welcome Santos to the Club and look forward to him having a big impact for us.

On completing his move to Arsenal, Santos said to the media : "I am delighted to have signed for Arsenal. It was one of my dreams to play for a major European football club and I have accomplished this. I am very happy to be part of this team. All the Brazilians who came to this club spoke wonders about it and I am delighted to be part of the Arsenal family."

Santos is an experienced player with quick footwork and strong play. His presence will surely do wonders for the defence and help ease of the pressure of the injured prone Kieran Gibbs. His attacking skills have already been proved through the goal he scored against Olympiacos which shows that he can certainly be used as a winger if the need arises. I wish him the best of luck for his time at Arsenal .

Some facts about Andre` Santos

Born on             - 8 March 1983

Place of Birth     - Sao Paulo , Brazil

Playing Postiton - Left back/ Left Winger

Previous Club    - Fenerbahce

Number             - 11

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