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The influential Arseblog reacted to Andre Santos' departure with a thoughtful, even-keeled post on Monday.
To paraphrase, Arseblog wrote that Santos had not fared as well as Arsenal's other signings from the 2011 deadline day. As a footballer, he was "a disaster," but as a teammate, he seemed well-liked.
Arseblog added that while not truly a left-back, Santos struggled in the position and hurt himself with a seemingly poor work ethic. Finally, there are mentions for the Robin van Persie incident and Santos' infamously funny tweet from November 2011.
I think, as others have said, he became something of a lightning rod for bigger issues. Anger at van Persie and the club for selling him was directed at Santos for a foolish, but not malicious incident at halftime at Old Trafford, and he’s never recovered from that. So, even if it is a loan move, at least he’s going somewhere to play rather than sit around and pick up his wages, but with Vermaelen injured (possibly worse than we know right now), and Monreal cup-tied in Europe, we may be left somewhat short at the back. Yet clearly the manager has decided it’s best for both parties if he goes on his way.