Part-time left-back, full-time striker Andre Santos has again spoken about the way he’s coping with life in England and revealed that Mikel Arteta has played a fundamental part in helping him settle in London.
Having signed on the same day as the former Everton man, the Brazilian highlighted that the similarities between Spanish and Portuguese languages have helped them bond, although the cuddly maverick also made clear he enjoyed the company of several of Wenger’s first team squad away from the training ground..all of the gays, if you will.
“I get on well with every single one of the players, I treat and respect everyone equally and vice versa,” Santos told Arsenal Player with a beaming smile as he hummed the tune to well-known bossa nova song ‘The Girl from Ipanema.”
“Mikel Arteta is Spanish and our languages are quite similar so he is helping me the most.
“He is always giving me instructions about the Premier League. He played for Everton for a long time and arrived at Arsenal at the same time as I did so he helped me settle.
“We’re always messing around in the changing room, on the pitch during the warm up; he’s always saying something to make me laugh or calling me nicknames but it’s always good spirited with no harm. We work together every day and need these moments of distraction.
“This link with the club is very important, us players always go out for dinner and social events together.”
“I’m always doing something with Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie, Mikel, Yossi Benayoun, Ignasi Miquel and others. This link between us off the pitch is very strong and it benefits the team on the pitch.”
Amazingly, at no point in the interview did Santos mention anything about the fact he has been unable to score from overhead kicks or that the weather is utter pony.