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ISL: Another ex-Arsenal player joins FC Goa

Panaji: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa Monday signed on its second Arsenal player and Brazilian international Andre Santos, according to an official statement issued here.

Santos will be joining the club's training sessions shortly and will be the second Arsenal player after midfielder Robert Pires to be roped in by the Goa-based team.

Andre SantosFormer Arsenal defender Andre Santos

FC Goa, is one of the eight teams which is part of the much trumpeted ISL that kicks off next month and is jointly owned by three club owners, namely Anirudh Dhoot, a director with Videocon, Srinivas Dempo chairman and managing director of the Dempo Group of Companies and Dattaraj Salogaocar, Managing director of V M Salgaocar and co. The latter two businessmen hail from Goa.

A youth product of Figueirense in Brazil, Santos, who favours the left-back position was in the Brazilian team which won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

He joined EPL team Arsenal from Fenerbache in 2011 and eventually moved to Brazil to play with Gremio followed by Flamengo. Andre, who is currently in Brazlil, will be moving to Goa soon. The club had also roped in two of Dempo Sports Club's foreign imports - Australian Tolgay Ozbey and Haroon Amiri of Afghanistan - for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). FC Goa will face Chennaiyin FC in their opening game slated for Oct 15.

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