Brazilian flop wanted permanent Gremio move.
Arsenal’s Brazilian flop Andre Santos admits he is disappointed not to have secured a permanent move away from the club, according to Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old has looked out of his depth in an Arsenal shirt since he joined the club from Fenerbache in 2011, and was sent out on loan to Brazilian side Gremio for the second half of the 2012/13 season.
It was thought that Santos would return permanently to his native Brazil, but he says for now his time with Gremio is over, as he returns to the Emirates Stadium from his loan spell.
It is likely that the Gunners will still look to offload him this summer, but he has admitted his disappointment that an agreement couldn’t be reached with Gremio.
“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.”
Santos’ poor form for Arsenal this year meant that Arsene Wenger rushed to the transfer market for a new left-back when Kieran Gibbs pulled up with an injury towards the end of January.
Nacho Monreal was brought in from Malaga, signalling an end to Santos’ time at the club, as he was clearly not even trusted as a backup player.