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Andre Santos joins Gremio on loan

Arsenal defender Andre Santos has joined Brazilian side Gremio on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

Santos arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Fenerbahce in August 2011, but has failed to maintain a spot in Arsene Wenger's first team.

The arrival of Nacho Monreal and form of Kieran Gibbs has relegated Santos to just six starts with the London club this term, but he will be given a chance to play regularly in his home country.

"After finding first-team opportunities limited this term, Santos now returns to Brazil's Serie A -- the Brasileirao -- for more regular first-team football," Arsenal said in a statement on its official website. "Everyone wishes Andre well for his time with the Tricolo."

Santos appeared in 36 matches during his time with the Gunners and has 22 caps for his country.