Ex-Arsenal defender becomes latest big name to join Indian Super League

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FC Goa have announced that former Arsenal left back Andre Santos is the latest player to join the club ahead of the Indian Super League season.

The Indian Super League is set to kick off on October 12th as their inaugural season draws ever closer. As a result, managers are assembling their squads, with a whole host of big names set to take part in the competition.

Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet, Joan Capdevila, Luis Garcia, Nicolas Anelka and Freddie Ljungberg are just some of the names set to take part this season, and FC Goa - who have already signed former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires - have snapped up another ex-Gunner.

Left back Andre Santos arrived at the Emirates Stadium back in August 2011 after manager Arsene Wenger went on a Supermarket Sweep-style trolley dash in a bid to recover from their 8-2 humiliation at Manchester United, with the Brazilian joining from Fenerbahce for around £6m.

Other signings at the same time have had varied success; Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta remain in North London and have established themselves as key experienced pro's in the Arsenal squad, but Park Chu-Young ultimately went the same way as Santos.

Despite being a Brazilian international, Santos was a disaster for Arsenal. Having played just 33 games and scored three goals, Santos was regularly caught out of position in defence and didn't have the athleticism to cope with opposing winger,s often leaving Arsenal exposed at the back.

That led to many Arsenal fans celebrating the day that he left the club for Gremio and then Flamengo as his homeland came calling, but it will be interesting to see how he fares in India. At just 31, there is still time to resurrect his career, but this could be the perfect last pay day for Santos as FC Goa make him their latest big name arrival

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