While one Brazilian seems desperate to stay away from London, another can’t get enough. Despite being injured for the last four months Andre Santos has confirmed he’s having a blast in the capital and now hopes his return to action will see him help the club ‘make history.’
A late substitute in Saturday’s win over Villa, it looks more than likely that the summer acquisition from Fenerbahce will dovetail with Kieran Gibbs for the rest of the season as Arsene Wenger rotates two players who’ve spent prolonged periods on the sidelines.
Pleased to be back in action the 29-year-old left-back told Arsenal Player about his adaptation to life in England:
“It is fair to say that I have totally adapted. I feel very well, people here have received me with open arms, and I mean everyone, the Club, the staff and the fans.
“People recognise me on the streets and ask for photographs, people have great respect and charisma and they make me feel at home here. I’m super happy, I’ve adapted and now all I want is to make history with this club.
“The Premier League is something different – it’s the best league in the world. It’s hard to play in, the pace is different, the fact that almost every pitch is wet makes the ball run more, the tackles are harder, and it’s just really good.
“I’m not saying that the Turkish league is not good, it has quality as well, but the Premier League is different from anything I’ve ever seen.”
Presumably coming from a place where people steal candy from babies, drown kittens for a laugh and take pleasure in watching Spurs win, Santos also revealed his surprise at how people had wished him a speedy recovery after he rolled his ankle against Olympiakos and was forced to undergo surgery.
“It was a big surprise how people accepted me here,” stated the Brazilian.
“Especially when I was injured, a lot of people supported me and they were always asking when I was going to come back, saying that the team needs me and wishing me well.
“In the stadium people would see me in the stands and ask me to come back, there was also many ‘Get Well Soon’ messages on my Twitter account.
“All of that gave me the strength to carry on, and it all just contributes to my desire to work hard for this club and win titles in the red shirt.”
Safe to say he’s having a gay old time of things at Arsenal.