Arsene Wenger hits back at Andre Santos critics

Andre Santos
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Arsene Wenger insists that full-back Andre Santos has a future at Arsenal and does not deserve to be criticised for his performance against Liverpool.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended full-back Andre Santos following his performance against Liverpool in midweek.

The Brazilian was highly criticised following the Gunners' 2-2 draw with the Reds on Wednesday when he was thrown into the match following a thigh injury to Kieran Gibbs.

"Maybe people speak that he had a difficult game [against Liverpool] but he lacks competition," Wenger told the club's official website.

"He is a style of player who needs competition because he is not a nervous type of player, he is a stamina type of player and get sharper through competition. Yes [the criticism of Santos is unfair] because if you watch the game again and you analyse very well his performance, you will be less critical."

Wenger entered the transfer market late on deadline day when he secured the services of full-back Nacho Monreal from Malaga.

Malaga player Nacho Monreal during his team's match against Barcelona on January 16, 2013
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