Andre Santos signs for Gremio on loan from Arsenal

I came to be a champion! Santos thinking positive as Arsenal confirm Gremio switch

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

06:27 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 11 February 2013

Andre Santos has joined Gremio on loan until the end of the season.

Santos moved to Arsenal from Fenerbahce in August 2011, but has failed to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger's first team.

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

The form of Kieran Gibbs and the
arrival of Nacho Monreal means the Brazilian left-back has made only six
starts for the Londoners this season and he has now been given a chance
to play regular football back in his homeland.

'I came to be a champion with the club,' 29-year-old Santos told Gremio's official website.

Arsenal signed Santos from Fenerbahce for 6.8million in August 2011.

A picture of Santos arriving in his
homeland, where he last played for Corinthians in 2008-2009, greeted by
cheering fans was posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Lukas
Podolski put a post on his official Twitter account which read:
“@Andre-santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best
Gunner God bless you”.

Santos made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals.