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Baptista: I Have Proved My Worth

Baptista: I Have Proved My Worth

Julio Baptista thinks he has taken the opportunity given to him by Arsene Wenger to make a claim for a permanent deal at Arsenal.

Baptista`s opportunities have been limited outside the Carling Cup this season but the man dubbed 'The Beast` has grasped the small opportunity with both hands. He has 6 goals in just 2 games in the league cup, a 4 goal haul at Anfield and a brace at White Hart Lane.

Fitness permitting, Baptista is almost certain to start in Sunday`s final.

Speaking ahead of the Sunday showpiece Baptista said: "This is the competition I'm having most opportunity. It's the one in which Arsene Wenger is really giving me a chance, the only one where I've been able to show how I am able to play.

"It has been very important to me, as much as anything for my own self-confidence. It shows that when I'm needed I can do the business.

"I think I've definitely shown what I'm capable of and now it's the decision of the Club [whether to keep me or not]."

Baptista also went on to talk about his role in the team. Since he arrived Baptista has played in 5 different positions and proved more than able in all.

"My favorite position is as second striker," he said, "but a free-roaming one, ideally about five meters behind the striker.

"Arsene knows that's my best position but sometimes the situation arises that I am needed in other positions and I'll play there. But really the one I want to play in, and know I'm best at, is the second striker role.

"Of course it has been frustrating not to play more but you're competing with international players in every other position.

"When I arrived the team was pretty much formed already, everyone had their positions. But of course I want to be playing in the main team."

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday February 23 2007
Time: 8:04PM

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I very much like Julio's attitude, and whilst i would love him to stay, i think he's a bit to do yet, to me, his control seems a little cumbersome at times, and the ball does not seem to like sticking to his feet when it is passed to him, to become a mainstay for the arsenal, he will need to be able to receive balls played to him at pace, control them instantaneously, and move the ball on, in a fluid movement. Perhaps Arsene sees him do this regularly in training, i have no idea. I hope he does, as i would like him to stay, his attitude is good, and were he to display those facets, he would be an asset to the club. We already know he can find the net... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
23/02/2007 20:20:00
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to me he seems more like an out and out penalty box striker. he does not yet have the subtle touch and close control for the supporting striker in the hole position that he favours. but he does get in the box for any half chances and i felt it looked better when TH sat deep and the beast pushed on in their recent game together. but with Ali its better when he sits deeper. I'd like to see more of beast and Ade combo, since at Bolton it worked a treat.
gazzap
23/02/2007 20:30:00
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I hope he has done enough for Arsene to make his move permanent. Though from what I've seen so far, I doubt it. That said, I would like to see the beast be made a permanent part of this side. Sure Wingston, his touch/control dont look perfect yet, but I'd like to give him some more time. He brings a little extra to the side, and he needs a consistent run in the side, which looked like it was going to happen only to be halted by injury. Let's hope he seals this debate with a couple of goals at Cardiff !!
prits
23/02/2007 20:34:00
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You guys haven't seem the real baptista.The real beast was at Sevilla, real madrid almost ruined the lad.I hope we don't see the real him on sunday.
k_chelski
23/02/2007 20:39:00
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Yeah gazzap, he does look quite good comign from deep. The guy seems to have to adapt his game to suit hi strioke partner, which can't make it easy for himm to define a role for himself. I agree, prits - like i said, i like the guy, and would love to be able to make a more informed judgement of his capabilities. A couple? I'm hoping he'll be taking home his 2nd matchball of the carling cup, come sunday evening :) »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
23/02/2007 20:47:00
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What's the process if we want to keep him? If Real want him back is that the end of the story? I'd be happy for a permanent swap, Reyes for Baptista.
JakeB
23/02/2007 20:50:00
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Watch him slack off when the pen goe;s to paper...
col8
23/02/2007 20:59:00
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Let me tell you a ******y story.A brazilian team was currently with a Lyon player on loan.A week after they bought him, he got injured( for six months).Hahah, imagine that happening to arsenal?I would kill to see your faces.
k_chelski
23/02/2007 21:04:00
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Wot!You can't say sp00pky anymore?What the feck does sp00ky in the uk means?
k_chelski
23/02/2007 21:13:00
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The word Cashley springs to mind for some strange reason
nikolaijns
23/02/2007 21:13:00
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