I came to be a champion! Santos thinking positive as Arsenal confirm Gremio switch
06:27 GMT, 11 February 2013
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
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.