Santos determined to be Arsenal success

Arsenal wing-back Andre Santos has moved to quash speculation he is about to return to Turkey and insists he is determined to succeed at the Emirates Stadium.

Football News: Andre Santos, Arsenal

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Santos joined the Gunners from Fenerbahce at the start of last season but has struggled to establish himself in manager Arsene Wenger's starting XI, with the Frenchman opting for Kieran Gibbs as his first-choice left-back.

The Brazilian's lack of regular game time has seen him linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray in the January transfer window but he insists he is perfectly happy at Arsenal.

"There were some rumours that my name was involved in this possible comeback [to Turkey]," he told Arsenal Player.

"I had people asking me on Twitter and even players from Fenerbahce asking if it was true, but I am very happy here at Arsenal and I hope to stay here at Arsenal for a long time.

"I have a contract and I am very happy here, not only at Arsenal but in London too - it is a great city. The Arsenal fans are amazing, this is a great club, and I hope to stay here for a good while."

Although he admits it is not easy to be regularly warming the bench, given he's spent most of his career as a first-team regular, the 29-year-old insists he bears no grudges against Gibbs, whom he reveals is a good friend of his.

"Of course it is hard [when you are not playing]," Santos added. "At every club I've been at I've always played regularly.

"It is difficult to be on the bench but we are a team, we are doing well and I'll just keep working hard so I can be back on the pitch. In life, you always find competition and this competition exists but it is only on the pitch and this is good for the team.

"Kieran is an exceptional player and I know I have qualities too. This is a very healthy competition, we're always talking about it between us before and after training.

"Kieran is a good friend and I respect the hard work he puts in every day and I know he feels the same way about me. I believe that whoever is better at the moment will keep on playing and it's the manager's choice."

Following an injury to Gibbs, Santos started in Arsenal's last game on Saturday, which ended in a shock 1-0 defeat to Norwich in the league.

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