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Arsenal confirm Santos departure

ESPN staff
July 20, 2013

Andre Santos has signed for Brazilian club Flamengo following a disappointing two-year spell at Arsenal.

A statement on the English side's official website read: "Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Brazilian left back Andre Santos has joined Flamengo in a permanent deal. Everybody at Arsenal would like to thank Andre for his contribution to the club and wish him well for his future career."

The left back fell out of favour last season after struggling for form and fitness following a knee injury in his first year at the club.

The 30-year-old made just 12 appearances in his final season and joined Brazilian club Gremio on loan in February.

With Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal ahead of Santos for the left-back position at Emirates Stadium, the Brazil international will now be hoping for more first-team action ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

He made a total of 33 appearances over two seasons for the Gunners, scoring four goals, following his £6.8 million arrival from Fenerbahce.

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