Arsenal’s Andre Santos dealt to Brazilian side Flamengo

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Finally, Andre Santos, the defender who doesn’t like to defend, has left Arsenal.

The 30 year old departs North London for Brazilian side Flamengo, where he had a short period loan earlier in his career after spending two seasons at the Emirates.

Santos joined the Gunners from Turkish side Fenerbahce in August 2011 and failed to make an impact in Arsene Wenger’s side. During that span Santos made 33 appearances for the Gunners before losing the battle for the left-back starting spot to Kieran Gibbs.

Gifted going forward, Santos was also known as a liability to the Arsenal defense, frequently leaving a gap that opposing strikers were keen to access. In addition to his defense frailties, Santos infuriated Arsenal supporters after he exchanged shirts with Manchester United’s Robin van Persie at half-time of the two side’s clash last fall.

He later apologized to his teammates for the shirt exchange and Wenger did his best to ease the tension by chalking it up to cultural differences. “I spoke [to Santos] about that but I do not want to make too big a story of it,” Arsene Wenger said. “It was not the right thing to do at all but that is not an explanation for our bad performance. There is a difference of culture. . . [Santos] is completely in a different world when he does that. He understands today what it means and he will never do it again.”

With Santos out of the picture, Gibbs is expected to remain the first choice left-back while Nacho Monreal, signed from Malaga in last January’s transfer window, will provide plenty of competition.

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.