Arsenal defender Santos wants permanent Gremio deal

Rio de Janeiro: Arsenal defender Andre Santos says he wants to turn his loan spell at Gremio into a permanent move.

The 30-year-old has been in impressive form since joining the Brazilian top-flight football outfit last month on a 12-month deal.

Santos initially expressed a desire to return to the London club but now appears to have changed his mind.

"I`ll do my best to win titles at Gremio. I have won titles at every club I have played for," he said. "The staff, board and the players have all made me feel very welcome. There is no doubt that I want to stay."

Santos has made just 23 first-team appearances for the Gunners since his 2011 move from Turkey`s Fenerbahce. He has also won 22 caps for Brazil, the last coming during the 2011 Copa America tournament in Argentina.