Was Arsene Wenger duped?

Andre Santos Brazil

The revelations of Andre Santos will ask questions over Arsenal's decision to sign him in the first place.

Arsenal loanee Andre Santos has made some interesting comments today:

'I learned I was a fullback and now I’m totally used to playing like that, as one man in a four-man defence, whose first priority is to defend properly and to get forward only when it’s necessary.'

So hold on, Arsenal bought a full-back in 2011, who had no quantifiable experience or adeptness at playing in a four-man defence. 

At £6.5 million the farcical state of affairs is no laughing matter, although it is pretty apparent by now that Andre Santos was nothing more than a panic buy after the 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United.

Many would even question Santos' claims that he has learned his trade, because he remains far from convincing; his shocking form saw him loaned out to Gremio.

It all does ask the question though as to why Wenger chose to sign the Brazilian and saw him as a fix for the Gunners' leaky backline.

He had a reputation for bombing forward and attacking, rather than his defensive ability, and this was proven; a little shaky in his first season and shocking in his second.

But then we know by now that not all of Wenger's signings turn out to be perfect; even in that late 2011 splurge - Park Chu Young was another shocker, but by contrast give the manager credit, Mikel Arteta has transpired to be an excellent addition.

Santos' comments could have been lost a little in translation, but by now like Manchester United's ridiculous purchase of Bebe, Arsene Wenger will certainly feel that he wishes Santos came with a money back guarantee.

Whoever recommended him to Wenger certainly pulled the wool over the manager's eyes, and if it was the Frenchman himself; perhaps he just simply 'didn't see it.'

What do you think of Santos' comments? 

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