By Rob Kelly

Andre Santos says his close friendship with Mikel Arteta has helped him to settle in England.

The Brazilian defender moved to Arsenal in August after spells in his homeland and Turkey, and he has made an immediate impression.

Santos says the whole Gunners squad has played its part in helping him adapt to life at the Club - especially Arteta.

“I get on well with every single one of the players, I treat and respect everyone equally and vice versa,” Santos told Arsenal Player.

Mikel Arteta is Spanish and our languages are quite similar so he is helping me the most.

“He is always giving me instructions about the Premier League. He played for Everton for a long time and arrived at Arsenal at the same time as I did so he helped me settle.

“We’re always messing around in the changing room, on the pitch during the warm up; he’s always saying something to make me laugh or calling me nicknames but it’s always good spirited with no harm. We work together every day and need these moments of distraction.

“This link with the club is very important, us players always go out for dinner and social events together.

“I’m always doing something with Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie, Mikel, Yossi Benayoun, Ignasi Miquel and others. This link between us off the pitch is very strong and it benefits the team on the pitch.”

Watch the full interview with Andre on Arsenal Player soon.

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18 Apr 2012