Santos targets Brazil recall
Brazil full-back aiming to start the season well at Arsenal
By Paulo Freitas. Last Updated: August 8, 2012 11:17pm
Andre Santos: Arsenal full-back wants to regain his best form once again
Arsenal full-back Andre Santos is determined to win a recall to the Brazil national team this season.
The 29-year-old endured an injury-hit campaign in his maiden season in the Premier League last term.
It led to the attacking left-back falling out of favour with national team coach Mano Menezes.
However, the former Fenerbahce defender is confident once he is playing well again for the Gunners, international recognition will swiftly follow.
"My aim is to return to the national team," he told Radio Bradesco Esportes FM.
"By playing for a big club like Arsenal and playing well for them, if I have a good start to the season, I can't see why I wouldn't have a chance at the national team.
"The Brazil coach Mano Menezes is a logical person, who respects all the players and gives us all a chance.
"He calls up the players who are in good form, and if I'm in good form, I will deserve my return to the national team."
Santos has now recovered from the injury that disrupted his campaign last year and is optimistic about the coming season.
He added: "The injury I had last year harmed me a lot. I was out for four or five months.
"If I'm playing well in a team that is fighting for titles, in one of the most watched tournaments in the world, I believe that will be enough to get a call up."