Santos reveals Arteta support

Team spirit is strong, says Gunners star

Andre Santos says Arsenal team spirit is strong - on and off the field

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Brazilian left-back Andre Santos has revealed the support of fellow new boy Mikel Arteta has helped him settle in since moving to Arsenal.

The 28-year-old Brazil international joined from Turkish club Fenerbahce on deadline day during the summer transfer window.

Arteta also joined the Gunners that day but the Spaniard had made a far shorter journey from Everton.

And Arteta's knowledge of the Premier League has proved useful for his new team-mate as he settles down in England.

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

"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.

Good spirit

"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.

"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."