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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Welcome the "Beast" Baptista

Following the news that midfielder Julio Cesar Baptista has signed for Arsenal, here is a little more information on the Brazilian international.

Scored nine goals from 45 appearances last season with Real Madrid, and appeared in both Champions League fixtures against Arsenal.

Scored 38 goals (from 63 appearances) in two seasons with Sevilla, helping the Club to a top six finish in each season mainly from midfield.

Scored five goals in Sevilla’s 2004/05 UEFA Cup campaign.

Member of Brazil’s triumphant 2004 Copa America squad.

Appeared in 2001 Confederations Cup and was part of winning squad at 2005 competition

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager said: “Julio Baptista will be a great addition to our squad. 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’re looking forward to him joining us. While welcoming Julio we would like to wish Jose the best of luck for his time in Spain.”