One ex-Arsenal man is guaranteed to win a trophy this month as they do battle in Brazil

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The line-up for the Copa do Brasil final has been set, here's why Arsenal fans may be interested.

Arsenal are flying right now, and look a great bet to end their eight-year trophy drought.

A stat that is dragged out at the end of each season they don't is the number of players who have left the club since 2005 and picked up medals, which presently stands at 23 former Gunners winning 56 major trophies.

On 27 November a figure will be added to that list, the only question is which name?

The semi-finals of Brazilian domestic cup, or Copa do Brasil took place this week, with Flamengo and Atletico Paranaense winning their ties against Goias and Gremio respectively.

For those not in the know about the squads of the two teams, that means Andre Santos versus Fran Merida.

Santos was signed by Arsenal in 2011, and then moved onto Flamengo in the summer of this year after a loan spell with Gremio.

He started in midweek in midfield as they dispatched Goias, but will enter the final as underdogs. Flamengo sit 10th in the Brasileiro, eight places below their second placed opponents.

Atletico Paranaense have exceeded expectations, sitting in second in the league, albeit 11 points behind runaway leaders Cruzeiro.

Spanish midfielder Fran Merida, who left Arsenal in 2010 for unsuccessful spells in his homeland and in Portugal, has struggled to make an impact since signing in late January, but has come good since scoring on his long awaited debut in September.

Both players will wish their time at Arsenal had turned out differently, or in Merida's case he had been more patient, but they each have an opportunity to put a positive note on their post-Emirates career by winning a medal at the end of the month.

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