By Rob Kelly

Andre Santos is “super happy” with the way he has adapted to life in England - and now he wants to make history with Arsenal.

The Brazilian defender joined the Club last August from Turkish side Fenerbahce and has made a positive impact in his first season in English football.

The 29-year-old admits that the Premier League is unlike anything he has experienced before, but he is enjoying the fresh challenge.

“It is fair to say that I have totally adapted,” Santos told Arsenal Player. “I feel very well, people here have received me with open arms, and I mean everyone, the Club, the staff and the fans.

“People recognise me on the streets and ask for photographs, people have great respect and charisma and they make me feel at home here. I’m super happy, I’ve adapted and now all I want is to make history with this club.

“The Premier League is something different - it’s the best league in the world. It’s hard to play in, the pace is different, the fact that almost every pitch is wet makes the ball run more, the tackles are harder, and it’s just really good.

“I’m not saying that the Turkish league is not good, it has quality as well, but the Premier League is different from anything I’ve ever seen.”

Santos has quickly become a fans’ favourite and he admits he has been touched by the support he has received.

“It was a big surprise how people accepted me here,” he said. “Especially when I was injured, a lot of people supported me and they were always asking when I was going to come back, saying that the team needs me and wishing me well.

“In the stadium people would see me in the stands and ask me to come back, there was also many ‘Get Well Soon’ messages on my Twitter account.

“All of that gave me the strength to carry on, and it all just contributes to my desire to work hard for this club and win titles in the red shirt.”

Watch the full interview with Andre on Arsenal Player soon.

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29 Mar 2012