Date:Monday September 18 2006
Arsenal's latest additions have slipped into the side almost seamlessly, making them feel like part of the furniture rather than newbies.
For most players it takes time to settle into a new team, even the best players in the world struggle sometimes, but William Gallas, Julio 'The Beast' Baptista and Tomas Rosicky have had no such problems.
Willam Gallas has had the advantage over the other two as he already has vast Premisership experience, but don't be too quick to dismiss how fantastically well Billy has performed since he came to the Gunners.
I feared that Gallas' extensive tenure at The Bridge the player may struggle to adpat to life at Arsenal and may not feel the same passion of some of more seasoned Gooners amongst our squad, but after seeing Billy's celebrations with the travelling Arsenal fans at Old Trafford yesterday, that couldn't be further from the truth. I sense Gallas will play an important role in this seasons campaign.
I can't think of another player ever to come into our team and instantly look so much like an Arsenal player as Tomas Rosicky has. He's slick, fast in thought, uses the ball intelligently, and by christ can he strike a ball.
There's not much to say about Tomas, he needs no more time to settle in as he is already settled. I feel he will be the answer to our search for a goal scoring midfielder to replace Bobby Pires. Infact the similarities are scarey. Future legend.
Julio Baptista is arguably the last of the three to settle in due to his lack of game time, but unfortunately for him we have a whole plethora of talent and experience in the positions he occupies. Nevertheless he has brought power to the team, I noticed Gary Neville did not attempt to kick Baptista up in the air as he did with Jose Reyes in previous seasons, I mean would you?
However, I am sure that over the coming weeks and months 'The Beast' will feature much more and as with his run and shot that went very close at Old Trafford yesterday, he will create chances, and he will go one better and score goals.
It really is an exciting time to be a Gooner.
Date:Monday September 18 2006
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