Santos: Arsenal made me a better full-back

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Andre Santos has credited Arsenal for helping him hone his craft as a full-back (stop sniggering at the back) and revealed that his recent return to the Brazil international fold is thanks to an upturn in confidence following regular football on loan at Gremio.

The 30-year-old was shipped out of the Emirates in January following a poor run of form but has thrived since returning to his homeland claiming that the defensive discipline instilled in him by Arsene Wenger (we said stop sniggering at the back) has flourished under Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

Speaking positively about his time in the Premier League, Santos told FIFA.com:

“As well being one of the best in the world, the English league is also one of the most tactical and it took me a little while to get used to it.

“I think it helped me improve my positional awareness though. It was there that I learned I was a fullback and now I’m totally used to playing like that, as one man in a four-man defence, whose first priority is to defend properly and to get forward only when it’s necessary.

“That’s the way I’ve been playing for [Vanderlei] Luxemburgo at Gremio, and it’s even more that way with the Brazil team, which has always had a lot of talent in midfield and attack.”

A player who obviously took criticism to heart (there was definitely a sadness behind his eyes despite his rainbow smiles) Santos also underlined that with confidence returning he’s focused on earning a place in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup on home turf having missed out on the tournament three years ago.

“It just goes to show how important confidence is when it comes to performing well,” he continued.

“Obviously I’ve never forgotten how to play football, the kind of football I’ve always played.

“It’s not easy to get a place in the Brazil squad for a major finals. All I know is how hard I’ve been working and that I’m happy and motivated with Gremio. If I can keep it up, I’ll get my chance with A Seleção. And when it comes, I’ll approach it in a different way – you can be sure of that.”

Arseblog News is pleased that Santos is enjoying an upturn of form, after all he was never a bad egg; he just wasn’t fit for purpose at the Emirates. Obviously he’s still under contract for a couple more years and on a decent salary to boot so it’ll be interesting to see whether he accepts the uncertainty of loan football for another year (a risky decision given his World Cup ambitions) or if he pushes for a permanent switch in the summer.

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Johnnnycakes
Johnnnycakes

I see arseblog still has his knickers in a twist about us fans having an opinion about Hfb.The way he is playing he couldn’t score in a brothel,Theo podolski or even gervinho can’t be any worse.

Mattman
Mattman

Its not just about goal scoring though, his hold up play up front is better then the other 3 options, and its really important to the current system.

Johnnnycakes
Johnnnycakes

Hold up,have you seen him lately.He has been piss poor.Sendros had him in his pocket,remember him.

arseblog
Admin

Shame for Senderos he didn’t have Mertesacker his pocket when he was supposed to be marking him for the goal.

Johnnnycakes
Johnnnycakes

I know that blogs,Mert is clearly better than Sendros but Giroud ill say it again “Piss Poor”

alex1609
alex1609

I see you’ve been thumbsed down but you shouldn’t have been as you’re completely right.

Giroud was pretty much anonymous against a 10-man Fulham. His contribution to the team was next to nothing, and he was comprehensively marked out of the game by a pretty mediocre CB.

Is this the very best that Arsenal can get up front? We used to have Henry, Bergkamp, Wright, Smith, Eduardo, Van Persie and now we’re lumped with a bloke that has scored 3 goals in the last 12 games as our only option.

I want him to do well for us, but we are sorely lacking up front and Giroud is not the answer.

Johnnnycakes
Johnnnycakes

Alex you forgot to mention Kaba Diawarra and Christopher Wreh.Giroud is not fit to tie there laces.ps I’m joking or am I.

Matt
Matt

I think you’re missing the point though. No matter what you think about Giroud, the fact is that Walcott is playing worse than him and isn’t a striker, Podolski is injured and doesn’t seem to be able to run, and Gervinho is….Gervinho. I don’t think anyone is arguing that Giroud is the greatest striker to ever live (Blogs certainly isn’t if you read anything he ever writes on the subject), but what we are arguing is that at the moment, for all his faults, it would be better to have Giroud for the next 3 games than not have him for the next 3 games. That’s it. No, he’s not Bergkamp, but he is all we’ve got. And to be honest if you compare every forward we ever get to Bergkamp, then you’ll never be happy. I doubt we’ll see another player like that in our lifetime.

BarcaArse2006
BarcaArse2006

Barca would have won last night if they had some one like Giroud.

diefenbaker
diefenbaker

Your kidding right? Someone should call the cops the way Bayern tore Barca a new one. Was beautiful to watch. The most perfect performance Ive seen by a team play this year. 90 freaking minutes of non-stop running.
Only wish tht whinny lil cunt Jordi Alba didnt get sent off.
Talk about peaking at the right moment. To think we actually beat them.

jsergio
jsergio

No he doesn’t. He simply dismissed people who actively celebrated Giroud’s ban as mouth breathing morons. He also acknowledged his flaws which I felt was a balanced view.

UndercoverMancGooner
UndercoverMancGooner

Only skim read this article but I’m pretty sure there’s no reason to have a go at Giroud on here.

arseblog
Admin

I suspect he’s referring to today’s main blog. Which has a comments section which would be the relevant place to make a comment about it.

Tee
Tee

Where’s the comment section , never found it in the daily blogs ? Am I just blind?

arseblog
Admin

‘arses’

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

I didn’t know it was there either until today Tee. Click on ‘arses’ above the blog title.

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Now I look like a right JT. Oh the joys of ‘on screen keyboard’. One sentence per hour.

Tee
Tee

Thanks ArseBlog. Better sign myself up.

lonsdale
lonsdale

Best thing about this? Gervinho helps out by saying “Up here!”

Joe
Joe

I would hate to see the full back he was before he joined us then!

deano

Yep whoever scouted him must have regularly pissed.

deano

been

ckmma
ckmma

I duno, he looked good on youtube, but thats in the turkish league. Obviously his tackling leaves a lot to be desired, which kind of begs the question why did Wenger try to convert him into a full back when hes more of a left side winger/midfielder. He is technically gifted so he can be used to dribble pass people in situations where passing is not enough, ie bus parking opponents. hes gona be 30 soon, so im not sure how much more persistance we should make with him really when we have 2 great left backs and winger options.

Moobs
Moobs

I like his tackling. It’s not especially good but definitely entertaining. He tackles like he’s trying to gently poke a sleeping bear with his foot, and is then going to run away when it wakes up.

HitsMan
HitsMan

Why are we talking about the HFB? This is Santos, who albeit didn’t fit in too well with us, had some moments to remember.

He was the guy who got us level against West Brom on the final day of last season.

We can only wish him luck for the future. I hope he makes the Brazil squad.

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

Here Here! And anyone who helps us reach 5 goals against Chelsea is OK by me

AssShavin
AssShavin

Even Van Persie?

This guy
This guy

Ouch!

Andre Santos
Andre Santos

I love you gays!

davo57
davo57

Great to see Santos doing well in Brazil. He can succeed in the South American environment but not the Premier league. Best of luck to him. But please if we need a left back sometime in the next two seasons please Arsenal please do not bring Santos back.

Chair
Chair

I don’t see that happening anytime soon, it’s basically the best covered position in the squad. One is probably (or at least for me) our best player of the season (however sad that seems) and the other plays in the Spain national football team, and that says a lot.

davo57
davo57

Yes left back is probably the only position in the team that we have two quality players. What if one goes down with a season ending injury in September? We really need three players in each position or some very capable utility players.

VJR1
VJR1

I love Gibbs but he’s your best player of the season? He’s had a good one for sure but has also missed a sizable chunk of it due to injury. Surely that honor has to go to Santi.

diefenbaker
diefenbaker

If only the kid didnt have such a useless right foot, he would be unstoppable. Not bothered to talk about crossing the ball cause theres usually no one in the box.

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

I’m still raging the expanded stadium story was an april fools.

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Arteta's Hair Gel

He may not have been a great left-back, but I don’t see why Wenger didn’t try and use Santos as a utility player, like Alaba used to do for Bayern. Defensive midfield, or even on the left wing as a substitute when we’re shutting down shop after a healthy lead, that sort of thing. He’s an excellent passer of the ball, his technique and link-up play are also quite good, and he can do a decent job defensiely, if not good enough for a full-time defender.

Arteta's Hair Gel
Arteta's Hair Gel

defensively*

BarcaArse2006
BarcaArse2006

Why don’t we talk about Giroud’s Childhood?

Jamsey
Jamsey

A player cannot exceed his inherent ability/potential i.e. there is no point lambasting players who are doing as well as they can (if they are not up to standard then that is the clubs fault for buying them).
I like Santos, but prob not good enough so he was moved on. No big deal.
I think Giroud has done well thus far- he is what he is. He would have been a useful asset to some of our past teams which had no decent options up front in terms of a physical presence (the fabled plan B). Now it is sort of the inverse where we miss a bit of top quality up front. This is not Giroud’s fault however so why criticise???
Plus he is handsome.

Erwandy
Erwandy

Miss you GAYS!

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Santos: a better player than he was given credit for. The problem was that he is not a full back. Would have been ok playing on the left of the three in midfield. But fitness a disgrace.

Giroud: sums up Arsenal right now – not rubbish, but not great either. A decent second striker. Shame he’s the only out-and-out striker at the club – but Arsene Knows Best.

PS: Bayern Munich – on a wage bill of 140 million a year (less than ours) – have just qualified for the Champions’ League final and pissed their domestic league. All while we’re fighting for fourth after eight trophyless years.

We need a new manager.

Jim Jimminy
Jim Jimminy

The solution is simple, we must transfer to the Bundesliga.

Pete
Pete

A few points:

Bayern’s wage bill was £166m three years ago. I’m sure it can only have gone up since then.

Arsenal’s is rumoured to be around £143m (less than Bayerns)

Arsenal play in the Premier League. They could probably win the Bundesliga.

Arsenal have played Bayern twice this season. Won 1, Lost 1.

We need a new manager because we aren’t the best club in the world (even though we don’t have the most money). get real…

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

No! It’s gone DOWN! See Swiss Ramble.

Johnny Jensen's Bender
Johnny Jensen's Bender

I think you need to consider your life choices buddy.

Maybe strike up some kind of working partnership with Adrian Durham? You two would make a sweet, sausage fingered, unbearable couple.

Pete
Pete

It’s obvious. Under Wenger, Arsenal over perform EVERY season.

If we can find someone to make us over-perform even more then great. But I doubt it. If we get someone else we’ll only get worse.

Rambo's jungle knife
Rambo's jungle knife

I have a feeling that we won’t be seeing the last of Andre’……A possible DM maybe?

TOMA
TOMA

yes, ramsey is still shite.

D-holio
D-holio

Wow, these comments are really random for a Cudley Maverick article, so I feel compelled to throw my two cents into the ring.

Santos made some strong contributions last season in seeing Arsenal finsih 3rd but he did nothing positive this term and was rightly shipped off. With Monreal and Gibbs, he has zero chance to even get on the bench nowadays.

Giroud has been poor recently but I believe he will be better next year. Trying to sign a top striker in the summer should still be a priority, but I’d rather have Giroud in the squad next season rather than not as he can offer something different.

Ramsey has been playing alot better the past few weeks but he was pretty shit earlier in the campaign and for large parts of last season but he is young and can hopefully keep pushing on.

New manager? maybe. If it does happen, for me there’s only one man the Board should try to recruit and maybe by offering him a pay packet close to Wenger’s we can get him in a year or 2. Jurgen Klopp should be the next Arsenal Manager. To me, Dortmund have picked up where we left off before we started selling our young prized assetts like Cesc, Flamini, Na$ri, Song, ect. The Dortmund style is not too different to the Arsenal way and his english is more than good enough. Besides, it appears as if Dortmund are breaking up just like the Arsenal did and ini a year or two, Klopp may seek a new challenge and I hope that’s with the Arsenal. The recruiting and homework on this guy should start now so that in 2 years time when the great Dortmund side of today is all but a memory, we will be in prime position to lure his services.

Arsene did Fergie the biggest favor possible by selling him the Dutch Skunk so lets hope Lord Ferg shows a little gratitude by not even dressing Dutch Skunk for Sunday’s game because it appears as though he is heating up again and we all know that means goals for fun and goals galore for that Dutch Cunt.

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