Wenger beams at Baptista deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has hailed new signing Julio Baptista as a 'great addition'.
Arsene Wenger has hailed new signing Julio Baptista as a 'great addition' to the Arsenal squad.
Baptista has arrived at The Emirates Stadium as part of a swap deal involving Jose Antonio Reyes, who has joined Real Madrid.
The Brazil international is capable of playing in midfield or up front, and is set for a key role with The Gunners this season.
Arsenal boss Wenger is delighted with Baptista's arrival and is expecting big things from the former Sevilla ace.
"Julio Baptista will be a great addition to our squad," Wenger told the club's official website.
"He is a powerful young international and is a versatile footballer who can operate both in midfield and as a striker.
"He has shown his potential over the past few seasons in Spain with both Real Madrid and Sevilla and we are looking forward to him joining us.
"While welcoming Julio, we would like to wish Jose the best of luck for his time in Spain."