When Arsenal scored the winning goal against Newcastle last night, Arsene Wenger found himself wrapped in the warm, fuzzy, embrace of Andre Santos.
The Brazilian refrained from lifting the boss into the air and twirling him around but the tempatation must have been mighty.
And after the game the boss said that in order for him to gain some fitness after a three month spell on sidelines, the left back would play against West Brom for Neil Banfield’s men.
“Santos will play on Wednesday night in the Reserves against West Brom,” he said. “He will need 90 minutes. ”
The return of Kieran Gibbs and Barcary Sagna has added some real balance to an Arsenal team that struggled without natural full backs for too long this season. And with 10 high intensity games to go this season the boss is going to need to use the full extent of his squad.
Wenger also revealed that Abou Diaby is in contention for a return for the Everton game while Jack Wilshere is making good progress but still some way away from a first team return.