While the jokes came thick and fast in the aftermath of Andre Santos’ arrest for dangerous driving, it looks as though the player’s sunny disposition will be seriously tested now that charges have been brought against him.
Arrested on Friday 17
September August, the day before Arsenal’s first game of the season against Sunderland, the story of his escapades subsequently made the front page of The Sun. While the tabloids’ allegations were initially thought to be exaggerated, it looks as though the Brazilian may well have some tough questions to answer after all.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt confirmed the news via Twitter:
“Arsenal player Andre Santos charged with dangerous driving after allegedly being caught doing 130mph in his Maserati .
“Santos, £5.5m Brazilian international, appears in court later this month. Faces max 2 years jail if convicted.
“Santos was stopped by police near the Arsenal training ground a month ago ahead of club’s opening game with Sunderland.
“It is alleged Santos was weaving in and out of rush-hour traffic in his Maserati, one of several cars he owns.”
Santos hasn’t started a game yet for Arsenal this season having seen Kieran Gibbs overtake him (boom boom) in the pecking order. It’s mere speculation that his off-field problems have played a part in his lack of playing time, but it’s unlikely that Arsene Wenger will look too kindly on this severe distraction.
The 29-year-old will appear at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on September 27.