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Santos Joins Gremio On Loan

Santos Joins Gremio On Loan

Brazilian left back Andre Santos will join Brazilian side Gremio on loan for one year, with Arsenal having the option to take him back in the summer if they wish. Santos was signed in August 2011 but has struggled to find form this season. He arrived in South Brazil this morning to complete formalities on the move.

Around 50 Gremio fans greeted him at the airport, where he told them, 'I have come to Gremio to be a champion.' Aided by ex Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva (who has since rejoined hometown club Atletico Mineiro) Gremio finished 3rd in the Brasileirao last season and are managed by ex Real Madrid and Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxembergo.

Santos could be in line for a debut on Thursday as Gremio play in the Copa Libertadores. According to Porte Allegre newspaper Zero Hora, Gremio began negotiating for Santos in December. Santos joins Chamakh, Djourou, Frimpong and Afobe in having left the club on loan in the last month.

With thanks to @BrazilGunners on twitter.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
Time: 1:07PM


Good luck to him. I hope it goes well. It's always good to watch someone with his ability playing with a smile on his face. Shame it didn't work for him but hopefully the conditions at Gremio suit his game a little more.
10/02/2013 13:31:00
So long, Santos. The action of the manager bringing in Nacho on deadline day must have sent the message. Now, who will we play at LB against Bayern Munich? We can't afford too many changes at the back as we approach crunch time.
10/02/2013 14:03:00
I hope he does well. Such a likable character but just not up to it ultimately. I wonder if he'll take his Smart car with him?
10/02/2013 14:20:00
Santos doesn't really fit into the current Arsenal system, so it's a good move for both sides. I only worry that squad depth defensively is stretched now. We've been lucky with injuries so far this season (touchwood), hopefully, that will continue, but this is a big risk by Wenger.
10/02/2013 14:26:00
Who plays LB against Bayern? Nacho is cup-tied right?
Arsenales F.C
10/02/2013 15:08:00
Vermaelen would seem the obvious choice against Bayern but they could play Sagna or Coquelin there if they had to. If Vermaelen is fit and doesn't get picked against Blackburn then that might tell you something. Ordinarily you'd imagine we might rest a few players against Blackburn but such is the atmosphere among some supporters that maybe Wenger will feel compelled to take it more seriously than he might otherwise be inclined to.
10/02/2013 15:43:00
Goodbye and good luck, Santos. If Gilberto recommended Gremio, it must be a good place.
10/02/2013 16:47:00
Did he really make that comment about coming to Gremio to win titles like he has done in every team he played for, or is someone just quoting him out of context?
10/02/2013 20:54:00
Good luck Santos? Do any of you realise how much that useless **** will be costing this club over the remainder of his contract? You can be certain Gremio won't be coughing up much of his exhorbitant wages.
Wyn Mills
11/02/2013 19:26:00
He didn't fit in to the current system cos he was lacking in the ability to tackle, pass, hold a line, cross, awareness of his position - not to mention a general lack of fitness required to play for someone like Arsenal. The players we have out on loan really is a damning indictment of some of the signings he's made over the last five or so years.
11/02/2013 19:31:00
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