An­dre still wants his stab at Ars

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By IAN WIN­ROW

AN­DRE SAN­TOS in­sists his Ar­se­nal ca­reer is not yet over – de­spite the chunky full-back be­ing shipped out on loan to Gremio.

The de­fender has come in for end­less stick af­ter fail­ing to make his mark at the Emi­rates af­ter a £6mil­lion switch from Fenerbahce.

San­tos, 29, has made just 13 league starts in two sea­sons and had dropped down the peck­ing or­der fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Na­cho Mon­real from Malaga.

But San­tos said: “The idea is to go there, play well and be able to come back strong.

“Do I have a fu­ture at the club? For sure. This is a loan deal and af­ter this sea­son we will see where ev­ery­thing stands.

Con­fi­dence

“I al­ways wanted to stay at Ar­se­nal un­til the end of my con­tract. This is a club where I feel com­fort­able and hon­oured to play.

“How­ever, when the club ac­quired an­other left-back it was clear to me that I will not play.

“I need to play and get my con­fi­dence back, and Gremio is a good plat­form for this.

“I talked with Arsene Wenger and we de­cided this would be a good chance for me to get on top of my game.

“He gave me a hug and told me Ar­se­nal would al­ways wel­come me back with open arms.

“He did want me to stay but he wanted to see me happy.”

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