Former Arsenal star Andre Santos edging towards trophy

Andre Santos Brazil

Former Arsenal star Andre Santos is hoping he can win silverware before 2013 is out.

As Arsenal prepare to visit Old Trafford this weekend, supporters will no doubt be glad that they will not be playing Andre Santos at left-back as they did last season.

The Brazilian infamously swapped shirts with opponent Robin van Persie at half-time, to the ire of Arsenal fans.

Shipped out on loan to Gremio in January, Santos was moved on permanently, signing for Flamengo, who sit 10th in the Brasileirao.

A league title looks out of his grasp, but the ex-Arsenal man is within touching distance of winning silverware, no doubt aiming to do so before his former club win some of their own.

Flamengo are into the semi-finals of the Brazilian Cup, and play at 11.50pm on Wednesday night in a home fixture against Goias.

Flamengo hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, and would stand to face the winner of Gremio and Atletico Paranaense - who boast former Gunner Fran Merida in their ranks.

Santos has been playing on the left wing for Flamengo of late, and is tipped to do the same in the upcoming semi-final.

He missed the first leg and watched from the stands, an experience he admits was not easy: "I screamed, cursed and cheered. I saw how the fans feel. The pitch is easier."

Now he knows how Arsenal fans felt a year ago.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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