Andre Santos departed Arsenal earlier this week for a loan spell with Gremio in Brazil. While he will be largely remembered as the left-back who helped Jordan Henderson look like Lionel Messi, perhaps that isn't so fair; a look at some statistics makes for interesting analysis.
Here they are...
Andre Santos ranks fifth highest in the Arsenal squad in successful tackles made per game. One player above him is Nacho Monreal, who has only played twice. Prior to his arrival, Santos was fourth highest. His 2.4 successful tackles per game is bested by team leader Mikel Arteta (3.5). Santos ranks above Carl Jenkinson, Jack Wilshere, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscienly, Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin.
Again, Santos ranks fifth highest in the Arsenal squad for interceptions, and once again Monreal is one of the players above him. Santos successfully completed two interceptions per game, but the top player is fellow left-back Kieran Gibbs (3.2). He outranks Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, and all three of Arsenal's centre-backs, Koscielny, Vermaelen and Mertesacker.
Remember the old Arsenal way of catching the opponent offside and lifting up the arm to glare at the linesman? Andre Santos doesn't quite embody that, but he wasn't awful at it. Defined as 'being the last man to step up and catch an opponent offside' - Santos ranks fifth in the Arsenal squad, averaging 0.6 per game. While clearly it will be defenders who stand out here, he outranks both Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson here.
Andre Santos is in the top four passers in the Arsenal squad. When it comes pass completion ratios at least that is, and again one of the players above him is Monreal. His 89 per cent pass completion rate is also bettered by Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta, but everybody else trails in his wake.
But hold on... Perhaps Santos was 'that bad' after all?
Andre Santos leads Arsenal - but it's an unwanted stat. He was dribbled around more times than any other player, at an average of 1.5 times per game he appeared in. As for going forward, he ranks poorly, being the 18th most successful dribbler in the Arsenal squad.
So what do you make of Santos' stats - Was he that bad?
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