Infamous Arsenal flop Andre Santos released by Brazilian fourth tier side and currently banned for failed drug test

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The former Brazilian international is somewhat down on his luck.

Whether playing poorly, driving at 150mph in a 40 zone or deciding to swap shirts with former striker Robin van Persie at half-time it is fair to say that Brazilian ‘defender’ Andre Santos had a pretty tumultuous time at Arsenal. He joined for a fee reported to be in the region of £6.2 million by the Daily Mail from Turkish side Fenerbahce.

But it was his dubious credentials as a defender that in the end proved the final nail in his coffin. The Gunners brought in Nacho Monreal from Malaga and the Samba star was shipped out on loan to Gremio in February 2013.

Since then the now 32-year-old's career has gone into steady decline. After Gremio he played for Flamengo, where he was beaten by one of his own fans last summer. He then played in the Indian Super League for FC Goa before joining Botafogo-SP in February.

This is not the well-known Botafogo who currently top Brazil's second division, but instead a lowlier version who are currently in Serie D - the fourth tier of Brazilian football.

After just a few months with the club Santos has now left, his contract expiring at the end of May. He left in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Santos was found guilty of failing a drugs test and suspended for 30 days at the start of this month. The former Brazilian international had traces of Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, in his system with the first positive match found in February.

He protests his innocence, believing he may have been accidentally exposed to the substance.

However, released by a fourth tier club and currently banned for failing a drugs test, surely Santos is one of Arsenal's worst ever signings?

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