Soccer-Santos leaves Arsenal to return to Flamengo

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Brazilian left-back Andre Santos has been released by Arsenal and has returned home to join Flamengo, the London Premier League club confirmed on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Santos, who joined Arsenal from Fenerbahce in August 2011, had signed a permanent deal with Flamengo, the club said on their website (

Santos, who struggled to claim a regular place in the Arsenal team after an early knee injury, made 22 appearances for Flamengo on loan in 2005-06.

He also played on loan for Gremio, in Brazil, in the latter stages of last season after making 12 appearances for Arsenal. (Editing by Clare Fallon)

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