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'Half time shirt swap is Brazilian culture', says Santos' wife

Arsenal fullback Andre Santos’ wife has taken to Twitter to defend the Brazilian international after he asked for Robin van Persie’s shirt as a souvenir at half-time during Manchester United’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who has been criticised for several inept defensive displays this season, was lambasted on social networking sites by Arsenal fans following his bizarre decision to ask for van Persie’s shirt during Saturday’s crucial league game.

Santos ran up to former Gunners’ striker van Persie and after an exchange of words, the Dutchman took off his jersey and handed it to the 29-year-old which according to his wife, is a regular occurence in Brazilian football.

Arsene Wenger’s side will be without first choice left-back Kieran Gibbs when they play German giants Schalke tomorrow evening. The Englishman won’t be risked despite training with the squad yesterday morning.

Aaron Ramsey is another player who hasn’t travelled with Wenger’s 18-man squad after suffering a groin injury, while goalkeeper James Shea replaces Damien Martinez who is ineligible for Champions League games.

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teddy
8 years ago

santos is a disagree to arsenal football club.He does not even know his position in the feild of play, instead of concetrate on what is going on, he was busy begging for jersey like begger from a player who ditch us. Shame on him.

Olamilekan
Olamilekan
8 years ago

I thought they friends despite playing 4 opposite team, so I see no wrongdoing there?

Victor
Victor
8 years ago

No wonder he wasnt concentratin while d game was on. He was busy thinkin of swappin shirts wit d dutch scum

roger
roger
8 years ago

All these culture excuse is rubbish. You have to live as per work ethics of your host country…..may be those with this lame excuse should be paid wages in their countries’ paying rate and currency.

Gabriel Gnabry
Gabriel Gnabry
8 years ago

Hard to be devil’s advocate there but it really is.

wale
wale
8 years ago

i still dnt knw y people think dis way especially Nigerians. This people will still meet at clubs and drink together,they are friends,so u all need to stop hating.

Gooner loser
Gooner loser
8 years ago

typical loser’s mentality..lol

topats
topats
8 years ago

Am more concerned about his performances than his little rashness. he really needs to up his game..

TrueGooner
TrueGooner
8 years ago

Stand up for your man Suelem. Santos did something that footballers do. Shirt swap or not we would have still lose the game. That’s not what we should be talking about. Speaking of Santos he was one of the few person that attacked yesterday anyway. He put in some decent crosses and no one was there to cause confusion. He had some interception also, so I don’t see why you expect him to be brilliant when your coach decided not to play him for a long time. We have sen it with past players where Arsene keeps them out of… Read more »

dboy (RVP WAS RIGHT)
dboy (RVP WAS RIGHT)
8 years ago

If i saw correctly it was RVP that gave his shirt first to Santos and not Santos that made the gesture!! You think i’m wrong? a picture does not lie.Check out the picture above and see the television replays and lets move on!! However i still think he his crap as a left back, maybe Wenger should move him to left wing and move Podolski alongside Giroud. Then again does Wenger actually give a f&*k???

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