After his move back to Brazil, Andre Santos has expressed regret that his move from Fenerbache to Arsenal didn’t work out, but hasn’t ruled out a return to the Gunners.
Currently on loan at Gremio until at least the end of this season, the left back says his time at the club was hampered by injury and that he was ‘disappointed’ the signing of Nacho Monreal effectively ended his chances of playing after Kieran Gibbs injury.
“I am not going to lie and say I was not disappointed,” he told the Evening Standard. “This was a last-minute deal and a clear message to me that I would not start for the rest of the season.
“Monreal is a good player and he will be able to help Arsenal. However, since I play in the same position as him, yes I was disappointed.
“I thought this was my chance to get back into the team, play some games, and get back to the form that me, the manager and the fans were expecting from me.
“I wish things could have worked out better. I started very well, got injured a couple of times and I have not been able to get back to my best form. Things did not work out as well as I expected. I am not satisfied.
“Hopefully, when I am back, I will be on top of my game and then I will be able to help the team the way I want to.”
The Brazilian also revealed he parted on good terms with Arsene Wenger.
“He gave me a hug and told me Arsenal would always welcome me back with open arms,” and left with a message for supporters.
“I have all my respect to the fans of Arsenal.”
Despite his optimistic outlook, it seems unlikely he’ll wear the red and white again, but you can’t blame a guy for keeping his glass half-full.