Premier League Hall Of Shame: Arsenal’s André Santos

Premier League Hall Of Shame: Arsenal’s André Santos
Jun 14, 2017

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The Premier League has been home to some of the best players to ever grace a football pitch since it’s conception in 1992. Legendary names such as Denis Bergkamp, Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry come to mind when talking about the league that is considered by many to be the best in the world.

However, the Premiership has had its fair share of misfiring strikers, blundering defenders and Massimo Taibi’s. In this series of articles, we will be taking a look at some of the worst players to ever play in the Premier League.

André Santos arrived at Arsenal from Turkish side Fenerbahçe for a fee in the region of €7 million in August 2011. The Brazilian left back arrived to some fanfare as he was highly rated in Turkey due to his ability to play in both the left-back position and as a left winger. Santos made his debut for the London side on the 13th September, coming on for Gervinho in the 86th minute of a Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund.

However, it didn’t take long for fans of the Gunners to work out that André might not have been as good as expected. Woeful defensive performances and an ineptitude in the final third soon revealed that he was not the answer to Arsenal’s left back problem, a problem they had ever since Ashley Cole had left many years earlier.

The highlight, or perhaps lowlight, of Santos’ time at Arsenal was when he bizarrely swapped shirts at half-time of a game against Manchester United with ex-Arsenal captain Robin van Persie following an abysmal first half display. After that incident, which drew heavy criticism from the Arsenal faithful, the writing was on the wall for Santos.

On the 10th February 2013, Santos was sent packing on loan to Grêmio in Santos’ native Brazil. Following an unsuccessful spell at Grêmio where he made just 5 appearances, he was signed to a two-year deal at Flamengo, never returning to Arsenal.

Between 2011 and 2013, Santos mustered a measly 25 competitive appearances for the Gunners, somehow managing to bag 3 goals. Santos is remembered by many Arsenal fans as one of the worst signings of the Wenger era, and God knows Wenger has made some bad signings. Achieving meme-like status amongst Arsenal fans, Santos’ woeful time in North London surely cements his position as one of the worst players to ever play in the Premier League, and sees his entry into the Hall Of Shame.

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