Arsenal full-back Andre Santos is excited about the prospect of joining Gremio.

The 29-year-old has slipped down the pecking order with the Gunners in recent times, following a series of underwhelming Premier League performances.

This, coupled with the signing of Nacho Monreal, has led to speculation that he may be allowed to leave the London club, with a return to his homeland mooted as a possible solution.

Gremio are thought to be in pole position for his signature and are keen to tie up a deal before the registration deadline for the Copa Libertadores passes on Tuesday.

Santos, who cost Arsenal £6.8m from Fenerbahce back in 2011, revealed that he is close to a move and is eager to switch clubs:

“I have the best expectations,” he is quoted by Sky Sports via Lancenet.

“They are one of the biggest clubs in the country.

“I’ve come to Gremio to be a champion. I am very excited about this project.

“I have dreamed of working with Luxemburgo. He is a top manager in our football.”

Santos signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract on the deadline day of 2011’s summer transfer window, as Wenger set about addressing immediate concerns regarding his squad.

After forcing his way into the Brazilian national team, much was expected of the defender, but he failed to adapt to Premier League football.

He had been linked with a return to Turkey with Galatasaray, but a move would be unable to be sealed until the summer.

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