Fish and chip loving ‘left back’ Andre Santos says he’s hoping a good season for Arsenal will see him return to the Brazil national squad.
The former Fenerbache man has made 22 appearances for his country, and he’s looking to add to that in the upcoming season.
“My goal is to return to the national squad,” he told Rádio Bradesco Esportes FM. “Today, playing in a big club like Arsenal, having a good run and starting the year well, I do not see why I won’t get a chance. Mano Menezes is a coherent person, he looks at everbody’s form and gives a chance to all players.
“He calls those who are better at the moment. I, playing well, think I deserve this return.”
Obviously the cuddly maverick is tearing up pre-season but maybe the Brazil manager might want to wait until the season starts before he makes any decisions. Either way, Andre knows that after a difficult first season he’s got to step up.
“The injury last year hurt me a lot,” he said. “I was four, five months out of action. My first year was an adaptation, now I’m very suited to England and the team. I look forward to a great season. I’ve learned a lot about how I should position myself on the pitch in this last year. I’m fighting for a place with Gibbs, he’s excellent.”
And he eventually sees himself making a return to Brazilian football at the end of his Arsenal deal.
“My goal is to stay and fulfill my contract. At 32 years of age, I believe I can play at a high level. I’m going back to Brazil, yes. Of course we do not make a prediction about the team because we still have time. I would give preference to teams that I have played in, like Corinthians which is the team that I support.”
For now though we await the stabby tackles and the forays upfield as the new season edges ever closer.