Arsenal transfers: Andre Santos disappointed to return to Gunners
Arsenal transfers: Brazil defender Andre Santos expresses his disappointment that Grêmio could not afford a permanent deal
Andre Santos has expressed his disappointment that he will have to return to Arsenal after a loan spell at Grêmio.
The Brazilian had been hoping to secure a permanent switch to the Brazilian club after a temporary move back to South America in February.
However, Grêmio could not afford a deal for the former Fenerbahçe defender and Santos has returned to the Gunners ahead of pre-season training.
He told Radio Gre-Nal: “My loan deal is over. It was six months long and now I am returning. Grêmio had an agreement with Arsenal and I have to return.”
Santos added: “I wanted to stay. Grêmio were fair regarding everything. I felt well there and I wanted to win a title before leaving.
“Unfortunately there is no deal and I had to return to Arsenal.”
Santos has scored three goals in 33 appearances for the north London side after completing a £6m (€7m) switch to the Gunners from Turkey in 2011.
However, the Brazil international has failed to live up to expectations and the Gunners have been keen to off-load the struggling left-back.