Former Arsenal midfielder Edu believes that Andre Santos will continue to get better for the Gunners this season, but he insisted that the wing back will need time to adapt to the English style of play.

Santos has so far made two appearances for Arsenal, scoring a goal in the Champions League against Olympiakos.

And Edu, who is now general manager of Corithians, believes the Brazilian international will shine at the Emirates once he gets the hang of English football.



“He is a very good player and a very good guy,” Edu told the official Arsenal website. “With the ball he is technically fantastic, a typical Brazilian player.

“But every Brazilian needs time to adapt to the league because the English league is so different. I am 100 per cent sure that the fans will love him because he is very good with the ball.”

Edu also revealed that Santos had hoped to make a move to Arsenal in the summer, with the 28-year-old well aware of the club’s history and capabilities.

“I know the Brazilian players at Arsenal very well, all the Brazilians follow them,” he said. “I follow Arsenal as well,” he explained.

“Before he came to London, Andre spoke to me and asked me about Arsenal - and it's nice to see so many Brazilians here. If they are here maybe it is because me, Silvinho and Gilberto did something good.”

Santos will be hoping he finds some form for Arsenal this weekend, when the north London side take on Sunderland and aim to get their season back on track. The Gunners are currently sitting 15th in the Barclays Premier League table, and are desperate to take three points and get back up into the top four.

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