Arsenal’s New Signing Recommended By Hiddink
Arsenal’s new left back Andre Santos was recommended to Arsene Wenger by Guus Hiddink.
wearethenorthbank.com understands that the current Turkey coach and good friend of Wenger spoke to the Arsenal boss about the then Turkish-based fullback.
Hiddink coached Fenerbahce in the early 90s and has attended many matches at the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium since becoming Turkey’s national coach.
With Wenger deciding to sell Gael Clichy, he had been looking for an experienced left back to aid the development of Kieran Gibbs.
After Hiddink’s confirmation of the Brazil International’s quality, and with Fenerbahce needing to sell having been excluded from the Champions League over match fixing allegations, Wenger instructed Ivan Gazidis to sign the 28-year-old, and the deal was swiftly sealed.
Santos has 22 Brazil caps and is an attack minded left back, having converted from left midfield – following in the footsteps of Silvinho, Ashley Cole and Gibbs.
The former Corinthians player scored 10 goals in two seasons at Fenerbahce and is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Swansea on Saturday.