Flop Arsenal full-back scores first goal under new boss ... as an attacking midfielder

Andre Santos Brazil

Andre Santos is now playing further up the field and more central for Flamengo.

OK, Arsenal have an abundance of ‘flops’ now playing their football elsewhere in the world, and right now not many Gunners fans will give two hoots how well any of the players shown the exit door in recent years are doing across the globe. With Arsenal currently one of the most in form teams in Europe it is not something they will care much about.

But one player who always interests me, and many Arsenal fans, when discovering what he is up to these days is Andre Santos.

Santos is a person who certainly doesn’t keep himself out of the limelight.

During his time at Arsenal his swashbuckling left-back displays made him frustrating to watch, whilst taking the police for a road race around the training ground didn’t help his popularity with those of sane mind.

In fact most people were less livid with Santos endangering the public driving at 145mph than they were when he swapped shirts with Robin Van Persie at half time.

‘Use Hertfordshire as a Formula 1 track all you want … but don’t you even smile at that Van Persie fellow!’

In Brazil, where he has been since joining Gremio on loan in January, he has also been in the headlines. From awful penalty misses to scoring with his hand - Santos cannot stay out of the headlines.

Yesterday however he was in the headlines for all the right reasons, scoring his second goal for Flamengo - for whom he joined for nothing in July.

The Brazilian international was playing in the left attacking midfield role against Coritiba when he bagged the goal, fired into the far corner of the despairing goalkeeper.

It was his first goal under the management of Jayme de Almeida Filho - who took over after Mano Menezes left the club at the end of last month.

Here is the goal, as Santos continues to reinvent himself as an attacking midfielder back in his homeland.

Were Arsenal playing Santos in the wrong position? Can he play his way into the Brazil World Cup squad?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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