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Wenger Can Make The Beast Roar

Julio Baptista reckons Arsene Wenger is just the man to turn him back into 'The Beast'.

Baptista netted four times at Anfield (has anyone else ever done that?) in only his fourth start for the club last Tuesday in an accomplished display that had us all drooling.

His apparent ability to drive himself forward and arrive in the box in a timely fashion is something that has been missing from the Gunners game for quite some time.

Julio also claims that former club (but current employers) Real Madrid didn't know how to get the best from the Beast.

'Arsene Wenger has put so much confidence in me that I have been telling friends for weeks that Arsenal is the club which will make me The Beast again,' he said. 'Compared to Arsenal it was as if Madrid did not know what to do with me.'

'I have got this ability to arrive in the box at the right time, I have got a nose for goals and I am powerful,' he said. 'Madrid used me where they had a slot but, at Arsenal, it is like rediscovering the form I had at Sevilla. All I have needed is for a coach to play me in my best position and someone to show faith in me.'

Suprisingly, some Arsenal fans had chosen to write off Baptista's chances of becoming a permanent fixture at Arsenal even though the big Brazilian has only made four starts for the Gunners scoring five goals, a much better strike rate than Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp when they first arrived.

Bappers to start against Blackburn anyone?

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

Date:Thursday January 11 2007
Time: 9:05AM

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This is where the problem lies though Paul. We have a situation now where we have 4 great strikers looking for 2 positions (sometimes 1). This is why I think Le Boss was trying to find another position for him in the team because he knows he is a top player. Adebayor has been superb this season and offers something different from the rest and RVP is getting more and more clinical. It is always difficult to leave out Henry. I'd love to see Bap play behind 2 forwards at home against lesser opposition and see his surges into the box but he won't put up with that for long.
11/01/2007 09:38:00
Some people have been very quick to right off Baptista before he even got started. From day one it was clear the sort of player he is and what he could become, given the opportunity. He has now had that opportunity and what a contrast to the Sheffield game when we were all crap. Stay with him boss and he'll do nicely. A quick mention on the other so called 'failures' who showed their stuff. Alliadiere has shown why he has been at the club for so long and my man of the match against the scousers. Song, not my favourite player but I think he did very well. I hope we don't lose anymore experienced players, just yet, namely Freddy and Ralph. The latter, when he is at the top of his game, in my opinion, is better than both Eboue and Hoyte. Looking good.
11/01/2007 09:41:00
I think he'll have to start against the northerners. Having him playing off an in-form Henry would be incredible. But then you have the "problem" of an in-form Adebayor being put on the bench! I'm praying that Wenger is gonna sign his new contract asap. £3m a year is nothing compared to what he's done for and the money he's made us. I'm hoping that tuesday's result is gonna go some way to convincing him that he still has work left to do at the club.
11/01/2007 09:41:00
Fortunately for us, we are a massive club who plays many many games each year. It is entirely possible for each striker to make 30 starts a season!
11/01/2007 09:46:00
Look at the problems our beloved Neighbours have accomodating 4 strinkers, and 2 of theirs are pony.
11/01/2007 09:53:00
Baptista is not an out & out striker. If you watch the Liverpool game closely you will see he spent most of his time coming back into midfield & then he would make the lung bursting runs that our other players just wont do & thats partly what caught liverpool out as they didnt expect it. I think playing baptista behind henry could be a brilliant combination because henry will drag defenders wide & leave spaces for Julio to exploit. The thing that has struck me so far is that Wenger seems very reluctant to play baptista & cesc in the same side (the other night apart) he tends to play one of them & then subs that one when the other one comes on. Its going to prove an interesting dilema for Arsene to solve.
Ashburton Gooner
11/01/2007 10:19:00
Bappers? Nice one.
11/01/2007 10:48:00
hatespur.... so which 2 are pony then?
Jacky B
11/01/2007 11:03:00
Sorry Jacky I need to be clearer. Mido is pony. And two of the other 3 can't play together. Haven't seen much of Berbatov as I don't watch mid-table relegation scraps, easy premiership v's lower league cup games or second rate European matches. Did he play at The Emirates?? I was there but I can't remember seeing him. I do recollect a couple of fat blokes playing but if my memory is correct one of them was a goalkeeper.
11/01/2007 13:19:00
good points there. im also waiting to see just where the beast will play in the team. 4-3-3 anyone :) ? but at the same time, looking at our fixtures for jan alone, i can see him getting a few more starts. im hoping arsene plays ali and beast against the spurs. they deserve it !!
11/01/2007 13:54:00
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