Arsenal full-back Andre Santos has been speaking about how happy he is at Emirates Stadium and wants to ‘make history’ with the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger signed the Brazil international as the transfer window closed last August but, after just beginning to settle in the Premier League, he was sidelined for three months after damaging ankle ligaments.
The 29-year-old made his comeback in last Saturday’s win over Aston Villa since he suffered the injury at the beginning of December and he has expressed happiness and gratitude at the way he was treated during his recovery.
“It was a big surprise how people accepted me here, especially when I was injured,” he told the club’s official website.
“A lot of people supported me and they were always asking when I was going to come back, saying that the team needs me and wishing me well.
“In the stadium people would see me in the stands and ask me to come back, there was also many ‘Get Well Soon’ messages on my Twitter account.
“All of that gave me the strength to carry on, and it all just contributes to my desire to work hard for this club and win titles in the red shirt.”
Santos signed for the Gunners from Turkish side Fenerbache and he admitted it was difficult to adapt to condition in the Premier League at first.
This showed in his initial performances and he was criticised by many commentators for being unfit and suspect in his defensive positioning.
However, the Brazilian feels he has now fully acclimatised himself to life in England and is confident he will be able to contribute positively to Arsenal’s future successes.
“It is fair to say that I have totally adapted. I feel very well people here have received me with open arms, and I mean everyone, the Club, the staff and the fans,” he added.
“People recognise me on the streets and ask for photographs, people have great respect and charisma and they make me feel at home here.
“I’m super happy, I’ve adapted and now all I want is to make history with this club.”
Santos also revealed how much different the football in this country is to his previous home in Turkey and admitted to being surprised at the difference.
“The Premier League is something different - it’s the best league in the world. It’s hard to play in, the pace is different, the fact that almost every pitch is wet makes the ball run more, the tackles are harder, and it’s just really good.
“I’m not saying that the Turkish league is not good, it has quality as well, but the Premier League is different from anything I’ve ever seen.”