[VIDEO] Andre Santos; No more Mr. Nice Guy

While many Gooners all over the world will have been delighted with the news that full-back Andre Santos has left the Emirates Stadium, not everyone should be too happy to see him go.

The Brazilian has jetted off back to his homeland to link up with Gremio for the remainder of the season, and many feel that the 29-year-old will not return to the Gunners when his loan deal expires in six months time.

The left-back has endured a torrid season and, when he has not been kept out of the side by Kieran Gibbs (or even a versatile Thomas Vermaelen), he has been ripped to shreds time and time again no matter what the quality of the winger that he is up against.

I will admit that while I am thrilled that we will no longer have to watch him make a clown of himself on the field, he will certainly be missed off it, and has made quite an impact since arriving in North London in August 2011.

Santos was very much a joker among the pack and a really popular figure within the squad; a character of the Emmanuel Eboue essence.

It is clear how upset a lot of the current squad are to see him go, with Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski among others revealing to the public on Twitter their sadness at the departure of the former Brazil international.

He sped away from the Police, got bullied by teammates about his smart car, and even caused a ruckus by taking Robin van Persie’s shirt at half time against Manchester United earlier this campaign.

But on the positive, he scored two crucial goals last season; both of them equalisers.

The first got the Gunners back in the game before going on to beat Chelsea 5-3 on a memorable day at Stamford Bridge, while the other was a decisive leveller against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season last term, which resulted in us securing Champions League football.

As well as those moments, he also showed his caring side but leaving the following message on the club’s official website for the fans.

“I wish all the best for the team for the remainder of this season and of course, I’ll be following the team from Brazil.

“Finally a special thanks to all the wonderful Arsenal fans who supported me during this period here at Arsenal. I leave not with a ‘goodbye’, but with a ‘see you soon’.”

What a nice chap and, fingers crossed, we won’t regret letting him leave should Nacho Monreal be struck down by injury with Gibbs already out of action.

I leave you with a video of some of Santos’ highlights during his 18 months at the Arsenal. Enjoy!

Matt Cotton

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