When the transfer window re-opens in January, I hope to see the club bring in a left-back, as we can’t rely on Andre Santos.
Kieran Gibbs, who is currently out injured but expected to be back for the game against QPR next weekend, is our only recognized left-back, which is worrying to say the very least.
We do have Santos as a cover option but judging on his performance on Saturday evening against a struggling Norwich side at Carrow Road, I honestly believe Wenger needs to strengthen this position by signing a full-back capable of challenging and filling in for Gibbs when the England international is unavailable as the Brazilian is simply not up to it.
To me, Santos looks out of shape and lacks defensive discipline. I know Vito Mannone should have done better with the initial shot from Alexander Tetty, but the Brazilian’s inability to step up kept Grant Holt, who pounced on the parry, onside.
I like how the 29-year-old bombs forward, as he offers us another attacking option, but his desire to get back and overall defending is appalling and frustrating to see.
If Gibbs were to suffer a setback or be out of action for a long period of time, can we honestly bank on Santos to fill in? I don’t think so.
Wenger really needs to consider acquiring a proper left-back who can defend, as well as push forward, in January. If the Frenchman manages to do this then he can think about offloading the Brazilian to Galatasaray.
Leighton Baines anyone?
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