Santos sings Arteta praises

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Arsenal defender Andre Santos has thanked Mikel Arteta for helping him adapt to life in England, having moved to the Emirates Stadium from Fenerbahce last summer.

The Brazil international signed for the Gunners on the final day of the transfer deadline in August; the same day Areta completed his move to Arsenal from Everton.

While the latter has flourished during his brief spell in north London, the former has struggled somewhat to adapt, owing predominately to a sustained period on the sidelines.

Santos spent three months out of action after damaging ankle ligaments, but has returned to the fold hoping to claim a regular place in Arsene Wenger's first-team once more.

Despite his injury setback, the 29-year-old has clearly enjoyed his short time with Arsenal, and has outlined Arteta in particular as the colleague to have eased his transition to English life.

“I get on well with every single one of the players, I treat and respect everyone equally and vice versa,” Santos told Arsenal Player.

“Mikel Arteta is Spanish and our languages are quite similar so he is helping me the most.

“He is always giving me instructions about the Premier League. He played for Everton for a long time and arrived at Arsenal at the same time as I did so he helped me settle.

“We’re always messing around in the changing room, on the pitch during the warm up; he’s always saying something to make me laugh or calling me nicknames but it’s always good spirited with no harm. We work together every day and need these moments of distraction."

Santos is in contention to start against Chelsea on Saturday, and scored his only league goal for Arsenal so far in the 5-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge on October.

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