Arsenal will send flop full-back Andre Santos on loan to Gremio, according to The Daily Express. Just as one Brazilian is leaving, another is arriving in North London. The Gunners have offered a trial to 16-year-old prodigy Indio, according to

The dismissal of Santos is likely to be greeted favourably by many Arsenal fans. Although it does still raise some questions about the state of the squad. Santos has become a calamitous figure during just over one full season with the Gunners.

Natural defensive frailties, always present in his game, seemed to have gotten worse since he arrived in North London. Watching Santos attempt to marshal a winger, is an exercise in nerve control, that often descends into paralysing fear for Arsenal fans.

The feeble defensive qualities of the perpetually out of shape Santos, were initially offset by his attacking prowess. He displayed plenty of menace going forward early in his Arsenal career, netting a key goal in last season's memorable 5-3 triumph at Chelsea.

However, that outlet soon dried up and all that's been left is the danger Santos poses to his own defence. The nadir of his Arsenal career came when he attempted to swap shirts with arch-defector Robin van Persie, at half-time of this season's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

This ludicrous incident provided a snapshot of Santos and his time at Arsenal. The whole episode would be comic, if only it didn't inspire so much anger. However, as welcome as the move to rid the squad of Santos is, it does leave Arsenal even more depleted at a vital position.

Santos was expected to fill in at left-back for the injured Kieran Gibbs against Bayern Muich in the UEFA Champions League. The Brazilian was the only true left-back in the squad, eligible for Champions League football. New signing Nacho Monreal has already appeared in the competition for former club Malaga.

The prospect of Santos against Munich wing wizards Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, was probably already inspiring sleepless nights for Arsene Wenger. However, the fact remains the Gunners boss had few other options for the role.

A popular choice would be to insert central defender Thomas Vermaelen into the position. However, Vermaelen has not always excelled at full-back and is currently nursing an injury. Worst still, it appears that injury may be worse than first suspected, at least according to a report in The Daily Mail.

Yet risking Santos against the powerful and skilful Munich attack would have been a bigger gamble by Wenger. It is much safer for him to attempt to scheme some alternatives at the position.

While Santos heads for the exit door, Wenger's latest find from Brazil re-affirms his commitment to recruiting youth. In recent seasons Wenger has taken chances on several midfielders of a similar age to Indio.

He has added young Swede Kristoffer Olsson to the ranks, along with ex-Barcelona duo Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. Hopes are also high for German prodigies Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld.

Indio arrives with a big reputation as a tricky midfield product from Brazilian side Vasco de Gama. Wenger has often indulged his fondness for workmanlike midfielders from the home of the five-time World Cup winners.

Gilberto Silva and Edu were the prime examples and both were successful. Denilson on the other hand, certainly qualifies as a failure. Wenger will hope his latest gamble in the South American market manages to come good.

Many Arsenal fans may roll their eyes at the arrival of another teenage prospect. However, they should remember that simply by offering a trial, Wenger has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If even one out of every ten youthful talents Wenger recruits, turns into a world-class performer, Arsenal have benefited. That's the essence of the Frenchman's transfer policies.

The only tears Gunners fans will shed for Santos will be those forced by joy. They will experience a similar feeling if Indio turns out to be another Wenger gem.

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