Posted on Monday, 5th November 2012 by Tony Merakli
So we ended up losing 2-1 at Old Trafford Saturday afternoon, a score-line which pretty much flattered us, as we never turned up.
But perhaps the most memorable incident of the game came at the end of the first 45.
Despite having a howler at left-back and getting caught out of position on a number of occasions, Andre Santos went over to goal-scorer Robin van Persie and asked for his shirt – a move which left many Arsenal fans and Jamie Redknapp in the Sky Sports studio bewildered, as well as a certain former Gunner fuming.
When asked what he thought about the shirt swap as it happened, Ray Parlour said:
‘I wouldn’t have that, that is a joke’
‘I mean, at half-time? You can do it after the game if you want. But at half-time swapping shirts? He should be concentrating more on his game. It sounds like he’s having an absolute nightmare at the moment
‘I don’t know if Arsene Wenger will look at that situation and maybe bring Koscielny and put Vermaelen at left-back, maybe making them a little more solid.
‘But Santos, he can’t play in the back four, he really can’t. He gets caught out of position so many times. But swapping shirts at half-time is a joke, seriously.’
Personally, I didn’t get it.
Santos was having a mare at the time and to ask for the Dutchman’s shirt at half-time is, like Parlour said, a joke, and disrespectful towards Arsenal and the fans in my book.
Judging by his recent performances and off-field antics, I don’t think he is a player fit to wear the Arsenal shirt, and really hope to see Wenger address the left back issue ahead of the crucial trip to Germany on Tuesday.
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