Arsenal Transfer News: All You Need to Know About Andre Santos

Snide CommentsCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2011

Will He Be the start of something bigger?
Will He Be the start of something bigger?

The transfer window is approaching its close and most Arsenal fans are feeling a sense of deja vu with the club's lack of assuring activities.

Last week, Arsene Wenger made it known to the media that he was looking to make three signings.

Following Arsenal's humiliation at Manchester United, all Gunners fans' fears have been confirmed concerning the lack of quality in defense.

Despite the fact that three of the starting four did not participate due to injuries, and the fact that Song was suspended, the squad is still nowhere near champion quality. 

With Arsenal fans awaiting Wenger's signings as the deadline approaches, reports have surfaced that Arsenal have signed Brazilian full-back Andre Santos from Turkish side Fenerbahce for around £6.5 million. 

With the sale of Armand Traore to Queens Park Rangers, the club is short of left-backs and the Brazilian might just do the trick—let's just hope he doesn't clamor for a move to a European giant. 

Andre Santos might still be somewhat unknown to some, but what do we know about him?

He is 28 years old. That is, 10 years over the age of players that usually catch the Gunners boss' eye. Might this be a sign that he is opting for maturity over youth?

As aforementioned, Santos is a left-back, and like most Brazilian full-backs is great in attack and a good goalscorer to boot. Last season, he scored five goals for his club Fenerbahce.

He has played 52 games for the Turkish outfit since moving from Corinthians in 2009.

He is a good defender without the ball, but he can be caught out in defense. However, he could still be an upgrade from Gibbs and the exiting Traore.

While he might not be the player that Gael Clichy once was, there is no doubt that he could plug a hole in the defense.

Santos is a Brazilian international, who has been capped 22 times and played in both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. 

He has won three major trophies, which is something that lots of Arsenal players have not done. His honors include the Turkish League, Cup and the Confederations Cup. 

Andre Santos might just be that step in the right direction for Arsenal to begin rebuilding, and defense is just where Arsene Wenger needs to look first.

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