Brazilian coach Mano Menezes has justified his decision to omit Arsenal defender Andre Santos citing the player’s ‘tactical irresponsibility’ as the primary reason behind his decision.
The 29 year Santos has not turned out for the national side since last year’s Copa America and their coach doesn’t see a reason why that should change. The Arsenal full back was used more as a squad player last season as he showed lack of defensive discipline in his game, leading Arsene Wenger to persist with lesser experienced players in Kieran Gibbs and young star Coquelin.
Menezes, who also managed the player while at Corinthians, was merciless in his criticism.
“The issue surrounding Andre Santos is a tactical one,” Menezes told ESPN Brazil.
“He made my remaining hair become grey when we were at Corinthians. Why? Because he is tactically irresponsible.
“We can’t afford that kind of tactical risk in the national team.”
Arsene Wenger would hardly differ from what the Samba coach had to speak of Santos. Should Santos be offloaded in the summer?