Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Cole/Baptista Swap Gathering Pace?

Cole/Baptista Swap Gathering Pace?

I don't know how many of you have heard my Baptista/Cole swap theory, well, I didn't come up with it but something I heard which all the evidence now seems to point towards.

Whether Baptista would be a player we need, or even want, is a different matter entirely, but I can't help thinking there's something in this.

Lets look at the evidence.

Ashley Cole appeared to be on his way out of Arsenal last summer after initially agreeing to commit to the Gunners only to have his wages dropped at the last minute which then led him to 'those talks' with Chelsea, we all thought he was gone. Then out of the blue he signs a solitary one year extension with his wages 10 grand higher than his original contract. Strange, no?

Then there was the whole Baptista saga. Wenger wanted the player, he wanted Arsenal, claiming it would be his dream move but the only thing stopping him was the fact that he wanted to gain dual nationality and only had to remain in Spain for one more year to gain this, then out of the blue, in come Real Madrid and snap him up for 15 million (round about the same amount that Cole has for his buy out clause in his contract)

There was also the fact that Real Madrid wanted to sign Ashley Cole after the story of his meetings with Chelsea broke and it became apparent that Cole was going to leave.

When the whole ugly series of events had seemingly been squared away, Arsene Wenger said to Arsenal fans that there would be a new signing on the way but we would all have to wait until summer 2006 to see who this player was because there was complications.

All that happened last year, and most people had forgotten about it.....until now.

Ashley Cole stated yesterday that a 'secret deal' was keeping him at Arsenal, could this be the secret deal? Then in this mornings papers we read that Baptista has issued a statement claiming that Arsenal still want him. All very very strange.

Of course this could all be coincidental, because these things do happen, but I suppose We'll just have to wait for Ashley Cole's book to be released, which strangely enough, comes out just as the transfer window closes

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday July 16 2006
Time: 2:15PM


very interesting, and a propsition i wouldnt say no to... cos ashley cole is a d1ckhead... but aren't real madrid supposedly closing in on both cannavaro AND zambrotta, a left back?
16/07/2006 14:22:00
Canavaro is a centreback and Zambrotta can play either LB or RB. Imagine their defence Zambrotta, Ramos, Cannavarro & Cole. Pretty tasty huh?!?
16/07/2006 14:24:00
Cannavarro will go to Real (or Chelsea) and Cole is definitely on to Chelsea.
16/07/2006 14:28:00
Oh look, USA is here again with all his pearls of wisdom. May I ask how you "know" this?
16/07/2006 14:32:00
It would be good having Baptista but i wish Cole would stay. But if it happens there is nothin we could do about this. If Baptista comes in does that mean the Yaya Toure deal will not happen? Still it wouldn't really matter as Baptista would play in an attacking mid role and he has strength in abundance. Cannavaro will go to Real or Chelski, Zambrotta to Real, Barce or AC Milan. Wats goin on wit Saviola he reports to Barce pre-season on the 17th of July so wen is he goin to sign? I was looking foward to him joining us. As my mate said we always needed a player like Michael Owenbut in this case he is better, faster, skillful and clinical. I hope he signs today and is given the number 10 shirt...
16/07/2006 15:46:00
I agree with you about Babtista that he is good even though he wasnt last year and we dont whant a player that doesnt wana stay even if he is big as Cole who i love to see playing for arsenal if his heart is in it BUT i think we can sell him for a lot more money and then go for the good players that mr. AW says are out of our reach
16/07/2006 18:01:00
good point protocal saviola is one of my favoutire players and i thought it was more or lessa done deal, so why has it stopped??, has wenger chickend out
16/07/2006 18:33:00
i still think that ashley cole will stay. . .i dont no why but i just feel it. maybe hes demanding more respect. but it is a high posibility that he will leave now maybe about 90%. if it means we get either baptista or robinho or cassilas then im happy
16/07/2006 18:37:00
If Cole remain with this attitude, I see no point in holding on to him and we should take the highest offer and use it elsewhere. The LB position had experienced the most casualty last season and we got thru this with grit and after numerous permutations. We have also identified an unexpected backup person in Flamini. Bottomline, no one is irreplacable and if he is so determined to leave, then let him go. We survived almost an entire season without him.
17/07/2006 04:23:00
No way since baptista said he has two years left and he will stay there in the remaining two years
17/07/2006 06:10:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Arsenal's League Cup Ball Number Known (26/10/16)

With the fourth round ties now almost done and dusted, clubs have been allocated ball numbers for the League Cup quarter final round draw later this evening.

Oxlade-Chamberlain Talks Reading

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been giving his thoughts following Arsenal's two nil victory over Reading in last night's League Cup clash.

Jenkinson Delighted With Return

With Carl Jenkinson making his return from a serious nine months long injury in last night's League Cup clash against Reading at the Emirates Stadium...

Wenger Talks Ox & Reading Win

Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and last night's victory over Reading in the League Cup fourth round.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

ELC - Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Giroud9%
Sub - Willock0%
Sub - Zelalem0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 12:30PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 12:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 12:30PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 2:15PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

3.Galway Gooner4
5.mar 121
The Vital Football Members League