With the arrival of Nacho Monreal, to overcome the unavailability of Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos seems to be the weakest link of the team at left back spot. With an untouchable Gibbs, and a €10 million world champion player as sub, Santos, 29, is likely to leave the Gunners during the summer.
Arsène has been clear on the subject : "I believe we need two leftbacks". With Gibbs out, Santos will try his luck as a sub while Monreal will sit quietly in the starting XI. But if we take a look to Santos' performance against Liverpool, we can be sceptical about his preponderance as left back substitute, while the solid Thomas Vermaelen can play this role. It is true he is a type of player far cry from Santos, who is more focused on offense, like every Brazilian side backer, Vermaelen can bring a lot at this spot, particularly in terms of strictness. Wenger has in that case many possibilities for the job in a short term view.
It appears obvious that spending €10 million on a left backer responds to a long term plan of which the Brazilian seems not to be a part of. Unless his versatility as left winger is taken in consideration, which will be hard to think with pretenders like Chamberlain, Podolski or Walcott among others. If it is unattainable as a backer and as a midfielder, a transfer seems bound to happen during next months. We have got to add as negative signs it is not to Wenger's liking to keep in his roster advanced aged players, and he prefers throwing youngsters in at the Premier League's deep end, like he did with Ignasi Miquel. Wait, at which position is playing Miquel again ?