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The Number Of The Beast

The Number Of The Beast

Julio 'The Beast' Baptista has been issued with Reyes' old number 9 shirt.

Baptista came to Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Jose Antonio Reyes go the other way in a years long loan which will give Arsenal the option to buy.

The straight swap carried on further as the Beast was issued Jose's old shirt number, which I am sure he will wear in a more manly fashion.

Julio has been speaking for the first time about his move to Arsenal and he says he's here for trophies.

"For me personally, I haven`t won anything for some time, it is my hope that I can win a title with Arsenal this season'

"Arsenal is one of the best clubs in Europe. I am very happy to be given the opportunity to come here, where I know the manager a little." he said in an interview with

Settling in also shouldn't be a problem for the player as he knows most of the exisiting squad already.

"I know nearly all the players here," he said. "I know Gilberto the most from the Brazilian national team and I also know Thierry [Henry] and [Cesc] Fabregas. In fact I could probably name all the players."

Arsenal fans can get their first glimpse of Baptista by buying a ticket to the Brazil v Argentina game at Ashburton Grove this weekend.

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

Date:Friday September 1 2006
Time: 4:46PM


Ya Beauty!!! This is an even better swop than Gallas-Cole
01/09/2006 17:16:00
there's only one Beast - and that's Jon Parkin!
01/09/2006 17:19:00
we didnt need reyes anymore due to the emergence of walcott who so far has played on the left wing when he has come on. we needed a player like baptista and finally all our prayers have been answered!! 3 experinced internationals arrive, albeit two leaving, but all in all a fantastic piece of business by arsene. now lets make it count on the pitch
01/09/2006 17:21:00
he should be a good player for you, be good if u signed him after the loan finishes
green giant 12
01/09/2006 17:39:00
he is a fantastic move for us as Reyes was never gonna play his beat anyway, is the beast allowd to play for us in the champions league??? anyway what a deal by AW
01/09/2006 17:46:00
Iv'e wanted him for ages, He seems great and I hope this player knows loyalty. It's a great move, and as he settlels in he will be a great addition to our squad.
01/09/2006 17:52:00
Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short... Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and sixty six
Cpt. Mainwaring
01/09/2006 17:56:00
I still think that we could have got more out of this transfer season, but what a finish. Does anyone know the latest on that Denilson guy. Enlighten me!
01/09/2006 17:59:00
What the hell are you talking about Cpt. Mainwaring?!
01/09/2006 18:02:00
"The number of the Beast" Tugboat!!!
01/09/2006 18:13:00
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