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So Long Santos

So Long Santos

For every Thierry Henry there has been a Francis Jeffers and for the talents of Bacary Sagna we have been treated to 'The Horse` Oleg Luzhny. Arsene has not always got his transfers spot on in the past and even in recent times some of his talent spotting skills seem to be on the nosedive.

Andre Santos seemed like a very nice, fun-loving and entertaining chap.

He entertained us all via his Twitter ("Come on you gays") instantly springs to mind but for all his charm and love he seems to have for the club, he`s just not a very good footballer.

I was terrified every time he took to the field and I think if he had stayed any longer then he could have been on the receiving end of an 'Eboue` from some of the fans.

What Wenger saw in him is beyond me. Who on earth scouted the Brazilian and said "Yes Arsene, this guy looks like a solid and dependable full-back who possess a high level of fitness?"
But it`s not the first time Arsene has dropped a clanger.

He has already been mentioned but poor Franny Jeffers has to be the worst signing under Wenger and there have been some. I was genuinely excited when we signed him from Everton for £8m and thought he would be the man to replace Ian Wright as the 'Fox in the Box`.

But did it backfire or what!!

He managed eight goals in 39 games for the club and spent about what seemed like four years on the sidelines. Some of the defenders that have graced Highbury and the Emirates look like they have been plucked from the local parks in the area.

Igor Stepanovs, Mikael Silvestre, Sebastian Squillaci, Pascal Cygan are but to name just a few. It seems to have been the one area of the team that Wenger has never quite got to grips with.

Not since Sol Campbell have we had the commanding and dominant centre-half that is needed to compete for silverware. Per Mertesacker is big and tall but when you have the speed and turning ability of an oil rig then you`re not going to have much success playing in the Premier League.

Wojciech Szczesny is a decent goalkeeper but this is another area which we have not properly since the days of David Seaman.
We were treated to the madcap ways of our favourite German (although Lukas Podolski is on his way to claiming that title) Jens Lehmann but he was only going to be a short term option due to his age.

Before Jens we dabbled into pool of English talent once again and brought in Richard Wright from Ipswich for a then hefty £6m. But as with many English players, he failed to fulfil his talent and could not cope with the big stage.

These are the players that I can recall from recent memory but I`m sure many of you out there have some tales to share about former players so feel free to share them.

To say Arsene is the only manager to drop a transfer clanger is crazy as all the greats would hold their hands up and admit they have had their judgement clouded on more than on occasion.

And for all the transfers he has got wrong, he has unearthed some of the very best to wear the famous red and white shirt. The failed transfers give us many fond memories looking back when you think about just how woeful they were but Arsene please; I can`t take seeing another Santos in the squad.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Friday February 15 2013
Time: 5:20PM

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Would it count as the manager dropping a clanger if he goes out to buy the League 1's best player and such a player fails to impress? Cygan was French league's best defender at the time Wenger poached him. I'd say the Manager can be forgiven if such a transfer turns out wrong. The likes of Silvestre and Squillaci. I never could understand. For all his industry, I didn't think much of Julio Baptista. Felt he was over-hyped as the Beast and all that.
Naijagunner
15/02/2013 19:53:00
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....and he was a swap loan deal with Real Madrid, for Reyes.
Naijagunner
15/02/2013 19:54:00
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