Piers Morgan certainly thinks so and tweeted this last week.
No matter though for it seems that Arsenal’s likable but error-strewn Brazilian is on his way out of The Emirates. The Metro, among others, are reporting that Santos has been seen getting off the plane in Brazil on his way to new club Gremio.
Also The Gunners’ German striker Lukas
Robert Podolski has possibly let the cat out of the bag by tweeting.
‘@Andre-santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best £Gunner God bless you.’
So is Piers really right? Is Santos the worst player ever to wear an Arsenal shirt?
Well he has some serious competition and that’s even if we don’t include players who only made one or two appearances.
To be fair he probably isn’t even the weakest link in the current Arsenal squad. That accolade goes to Sebastian Squillaci whose performances for the Gunners went rapidly downhill after his first season at the club.
Or don’t forget that The Gunners still have Park Chu-Young on the books, a player that Wenger trusted so little that he only played him four times.
Not that long ago the Arsenal fans were seriously on the back of Emmanuel Eboué, especially after the end of the 2011 season. There were few tears shed when he was sold to Galatasaray.
We shouldn’t also forget the twin towers of Pascale Cygan and Igor Stepanovs, both of whose names bring a very real shudder to Arsenal fans of a certain vintage.
Further back we need to add Francis Jeffers, the fox in the box who never was. He cost the club £8 million and yet only managed to find the net four times in his three year stint.
And then once you hit the 80s there’s a huge selection of Arsenal should have beens to choose from. The much maligned (though he really wasn’t that bad) Gus Caesar is the tip of a very large iceberg.
So Arsenal fans who else would you put in this category? Bischoff? Carter? McGoldrick. Let us know in the comments.
Here, to kick things off, is my worst ever Arsenal team.
Keeper – Rami Shaaban – though you can make a good case for Richard Wright who was both expensive and disappointing.
Defenders – Mikael Silvestre, Sebastain Squillaci, Pascal Cygan, Andre Santos – I know, maybe we could bring Igor on at half time?
Midfielders – Eddie McGoldrick, Denilson – Is there a case for John Jensen? Maybe
Wingers – Glenn Helder, Jimmy Carter – Personally I liked Carter, but he didn’t achieve a great deal at Arsenal. Helder had about two good games for the club
Strikers – Francis Jeffers, Park Chu-Young – Also there’s Davor Suker? Kaba Diawara? Christopher Wreh?
Even Tottenham would beat that lot.