Say hello to my new Brazilian: Wenger to unleash defender in new attacking role next season
Arsene Wenger is reportedly planning a change of position for Andre Santos for the upcoming season.
The Brazilian international arrived last summer as a left-back, but Santos’ displays during the course of the season proved he was a truly attacking-minded defender if anything.
Indeed, the 29-year-old netted three impressive goals last season, with two of them coming in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge and the Hawthorns – two vital equalizers in tough matches against Chelsea and West Brom as the Gunners went on to win on both occasions.
Santos displayed a consistent ability to contribute to Arsenal’s attack from the back during Kierran Gibbs’ injury lay off last year, but he also proved to be a liability for the Gunners on some occasions, as Wenger’s men conceded some poorly defended goals where he was caught out of position.
Santos has also shown a slight lack of pace when defending and his shortcomings as a left-back along with that of Kierran Gibbs has forced calls for Arsene Wenger to sign a new full-back this summer.
And with Wenger still in search for a new left-back, the attacking-minded Santos could be set for a new role in midfield to pave way for a better defender and for his attacking intent to be better appreciated by his team.
The switch of positions for Santos, which has been experimented during this pre-season including in Friday’s match against Manchester City, will see the former Fenerbache man deployed as a winger next season.
Wenger last made a move of such sort when Emmanuel Eboue went from being a right-back to a right winger in 2007 after the arrival of Bacary Sagna.