Santos leaves Arsenal
Arsenal left-back Andre Santos has joined Brazilian side Flamengo in a permanent deal, the Barclays Premier League club have announced on their website.
The 30-year-old Brazil international returns to the club where he had a short period on loan earlier in his career after spending two seasons with Arsenal.
He joined the Gunners from Turkish side Fenerbahce in August 2011 and made 33 appearances in total with Arsene Wenger's side.
The attacking full-back, who cost Arsenal £6.8million, was sidelined by a knee injury for a spell during his first campaign at the Emirates Stadium, during which he made 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.
Last season he played 12 times for the north London outfit before falling down the pecking order behind England left-back Kieran Gibbs.
Then, following the £8.5million signing of Spaniard Nacho Monreal on the final day of January's transfer window, he joined Brazilian side Gremio on loan for the rest of the 2012/13 campaign.
He has now returned to the Campeonato Brasileiro with Flamengo, who he played 22 matches for while on loan from Figueirense during the 2005/06 season.
Santos has also played for Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro in his homeland.
Arsenal said in a statement on their website: "Everybody at Arsenal would like to thank Andre for his contribution to the club and wish him well for his future career."
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