After sealing his move to the Brazilian side earlier in the week, the 29-year-old left-back said:
‘The idea is to go there, play well and be able to come back strong.
‘Do I have a future at the club? For sure. This is a loan deal and after this season we will see where everything stands.
‘I always wanted to stay here until the end of my contract. This is a club where I feel comfortable and honoured to play. However, when the club acquired another left-back it was clear to me that I will not play. I need to play, get my confidence back and Gremio is a good platform for this.
‘I talked [with Wenger] and we decided together this would be a good chance for me to get on top of my game. He gave me a hug and told me Arsenal would always welcome me back with open arms. He did [want me to stay] but he wanted to see me happy and if I am not performing all the time, then I am not happy.’
If his future wasn’t in doubt before, it certainly appears to be now.
Arsene Wenger seems to have lost faith in the stocky Brazil international, why else would he loan him out for? If the Frenchman really believed in Santos’ ability then he wouldn’t have brought in Monreal now would he?
If that wasn’t bad enough, it also appears that the majority of the Arsenal faithful have had enough of his under-par performances and off-field antics. The shirt swap with our former captain at half-time at Old Trafford didn’t help his cause either.
Many thought Santos, who signed from Fenerbache in 2011, would’ve come in and challenged Gibbs for his spot in the side, but that hasn’t happened. Not at all.
Personally, I don’t think Santos has a future at Arsenal. Even if he does manage to regain his fitness and form at Gremio, I highly doubt that the Brazilian will come back and get ahead of Monreal and Gibbs in the pecking order.
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