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?