Arsenal defender Andre Santos says he is going nowhere and wants to stay at Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future.

The Brazil international joined the Gunners from Turkish side Fenerbache last summer and has been linked with a return to that league in recent weeks.

The speculation has likely been sparked by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger preferring young Englishman Kieran Gibbs in the left-back spot for the big games so far this season, but Santos denied he is unhappy and insisted he was happy in north London.

“There were rumours. I had people asking me on Twitter and even players from Fenerbahce asking if it was true,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“But I am very happy here and hope to stay at Arsenal for a long time. London is a great city — and the Arsenal fans are amazing.”

If Wenger’s preference for Gibbs was bothering the 29-year-old, then he has now been handed a chance to rectify the situation and stake his claim as the first choice left-back at Arsenal.

Gibbs picked up a thigh injury in Arsenal’s last win, over West Ham, ruling him out of England duty, the disappointing loss to Norwich City and the Gunners' next two games – against Schalke 04 in the Champions League and a home clash with premier League basement boys QPR.

Wenger will be desperate for a win on Saturday, as the 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road has left Arsenal ten points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the table after only eight games.

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