Andre Santos says he’d have liked to stay at Gremio, but will return to Arsenal this summer as his loan deal has ended.
The Brazilian international went back to his home land in February, after Arsenal brought in Nacho Monreal on deadline day, and, judging by his Instagram, seems to have enjoyed himself there.
However, Gremio’s early departure from the Copa Libertadores meant they eschewed an option to keep him longer and it’s back to London for him.
“My loan deal is over,” he said. “It was six months long and now I am returning. Gremio had an agreement with Arsenal and I have to return. I wanted to stay.
“Gremio were fair regarding everything. I felt well there and I wanted to win a title before leaving. Unfortunately there is no deal and I had to return to Arsenal.”
Arseblog News has no issue with his use of the word ‘unfortunately’, it speaks of a self-awareness rather than a dismissal of life at Arsenal. He knows it’s over for him here and wants to play elsewhere.
With reported interest from Turkey, as well as Arsenal’s willingness to accommodate the departures of players who are clearly unwanted, we might stick a cheeky fiver on him moving on sooner rather than later.