Although Arsene Wenger has indicated that he is unlikely to allow Thomas Vermaelen to leave Arsenal this summer, the Belgian international is hoping that an eye-catching performance in Brazil will attract a big enough bid for him to return to regular football away from the Emirates next season.
Santos unhappy with Arsenal return! by Ash
Rarely does there seem to be mutual feelings at the club between players and the fans, but the Arsenal left back Andre Santos has stated his disappointment in having to return to Arsenal. Surely this means he will be gone this summer no matter what because I firmly believe the club wanted to sell him before hand, but they will definitely look to let him go after hearing that he no longer wants to stay at the club.
One of the big problems for Arsenal in recent years has been the number of players drawing nice, big salaries from the club and offering nothing on the pitch. Arsene Wenger and the club officials obviously don’t plan for this to happen, but it is a serious drain on the expenses, while at the same time driving your average Gooner up the wall and through the roof.
If Arsene Wenger has the reported transfer funds of around £70 million this summer, then Arsenal should soon have a new record signing. The current one, Andrey Arshavin, has never lived up to his price tag, and could be heading out of the club this summer after attracting interest from Azerbaijan and Australia, according to Russian reports.
What is it with Arsenal? Arsene Wenger and the backroom staff need to learn how to be horrible to people, because it seems almost impossible to get players who are no longer required or desired to move on. After turning down a transfer back to Turkey with Galatasaray, Andre Santos finally left the Emirates to go back to his native Brazil with a loan deal to Gremio.
The Brazilian defender Andre Santos has had a turbulent time since arriving from Turkey, and certainly didn’t endear himself to the Arsenal fans either by his performances or by his infamous shirt-swapping episode with Robin Van Persie, so it seems he is more than pleased to have wheedled a return to his homeland with Gremio.
Arsene Wenger has often made spectacular errors when buying defenders for Arsenal, and although Sebastien Squillaci is still impossible to sell or loan out, it seems that Andre Santos still has some respect in his homeland and Brazil’s Gremio believe that he could be a useful addition to their squad.
This would seem, on the surface to be an easy question. Most Arsenal fans would gladly chip in to the travel fare to see the back of the Brazilian left back (I’m being kind) Andre Santos. The Brazilian club Gremio want to take Santos on loan, but need to do it quickly, and are in negotiations with Arsenal, according to Talksport. Their president Fabio Koff has told the Brazilian media that the deal is not straightforward.