Andre Santos admits to finding life tough at Arsenal

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Andre Santos reveals that he is not used to the fierce competition for places at Arsenal and has found the transition to English football difficult.

Arsenal defender Andre Santos has admitted that he has found life difficult as a regular substitute in north London.

Santos started his first Premier League match of the season this weekend as the Gunners slipped to their second defeat of the season against Norwich City.

The Brazilian left-back has slipped down the pecking order this season, with Arsene Wenger handing England international Kieran Gibbs an extended run in the side.

Santos revealed that he is not used to missing out on regular first-team football but insisted that he is ready to fight for a starting berth.

He told the club's official website: "Of course it is hard not playing. At every club I've been at I've always played regularly.

"It is difficult to be on the bench, but we are a team and this is a very healthy competition. We are always talking about it before and after training.

"Kieran is good friend and an exceptional player, and I know I have qualities too. I'll just keep working hard so I can be back on the pitch regularly."

The 29-year-old has been forced to dismiss speculation that he wants to return to Turkey after Galatasaray confirmed an interest in signing the Brazilian international.

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