The 28 year old came for some criticism during Arsenal’s recent Premier League victory against Chelsea where the former Fenerbahce defender scored his second goal of the season for the club. His positions has also been questioned in the recent 0-0 draw against Marseille but Wenger feels that he is getting to grips with the Premier League and that his strength is improving.
“I am happy when he has the ball. I feel personally, he is much better defensively than many people think.”
The Arsenal manager added:
“He is getting stronger in every game. He is a very intelligent boy who learns very quickly and obviously he has to adapt to the pace of the English game. That is not easy, to play game after game.”
Santos is currently playing at left-back for the side with Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs still on the treatment table with a stomach muscle injury and it is believed the Brazilian international will remain in the side to face West Bromwich Albion at the weekend where a win for Arsenal could see them in the top five for the first time this season.