Thursday, 14 August 2008

in other news...

we have signed Julio Baptista.

Everyone is very excited about this. But I have never seen him do anything very impressive. On the contrary. He is big & strong, yes, but also kind of pointless, no? I also have ringing in my ears the endorsement of a friend of mine who described him as "the worst player I have ever seen in an Arsenal shirt". This frightens me. I'm thinking: worse than Gilles Grimandi? no, really?

Does anyone have any comfort or have we blown millions on a lumbering elephant?

12 comments:

Martha said...

I adore him and his giant, barrel chest and, yes, he's awful. 97% of the time, my touch is better than his, and I have no touch.

And yet, somehow, he's still wonderful (though he may become less so if he's on your team and useless, rather than some random giant you see in the CL from time to time).

ursus arctos said...

12 million euro.

Will probably be handy in the next set of handbags, though.

oscar said...

Bricks for feet. Bricks for feet, and I'm supposed to be excited?
Besides, he only looks strong. His phsyisque flatters to decieve; even if he's the closest thing to Arnold the Guvernator we'll ever get in professional football, I've seen him pushed off the ball by players who look like the closest thing to Shakira's phsyical frame.

For three years I've been zen-like about all out mercato-dealings, repeating as a mantra "I trust Spalletti", but after Riise and Baptista...what have you done for me lately, mister?

Johnathan said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivu9WoTCKZc

I guess that's somewhat impressive.

dongshow said...

he looks strong, but in reality is weak and clumsy, seemed to fall over with shocking regularity for Arsenal, most his goals came after recovering from such falls and showing a moment of strength, which would shock defenders used to his usual ineptitude. Seemed decent enough when he played for Sevilla though, who knows, he may take to Italy.

Brian said...

He's like a more expensive Danny Shittu. I don't think I mean that as a compliment.

chris c paul said...

let's put the overblown transfer market into context- 5 million for Steve "plays well in the reserves" Sidwell. 10.6 million for Andy "not many goals but lots of industry" Johnson. In relation to that Baptista is no Stumpy- but he ain't no Maradonna either. He'll be a good journey man for you, if that amkes any sense. 12 million euros gets you journeymen, not stars.

Ed vegas said...

Dont worry SP, Real fan here, Baptista is a great player. Clever, vision, feet on the ground, loyal, works hard, great eye for goal and does not get credit for his skill because he is so big an strong ,folk just assume he cant play. He was never utilized properly at Real, let him go forward even play him up front!!

Hope he does well for you, he deserves it.

Anonymous said...

Well, he's willing. He doesn't sulk or carry on, he gets on with it, he seems fundamentally sweet-natured, he doesn't have a big ego. He got a big cheer when he came on at the Emirates earlier this month, partly because he's a sweetie and partly because of the blessed relief that he wasn't our player any more.

When he arrived at Arsenal I thought "Great, bit of physical presence that we've not had since Paddy left". Alas. A horrible reminder that Arsène (aka God) can make mistakes.

As for the inflated transfer market - you don't have to pay stupid money (unless the player's English - £18 million for David Bentley? I laughed till I laughed some more, especially as Spurs wil have to give about £7 million of it to Arseal). Consider Adebayor; Arsène paid €4.5 million for him eighteen months ago.

- dV

Antonio G said...

Gilles Grimandi was aces. As utility frenchmen at Arsenal go, he was miles ahead of both Remi Grade and Pascal Cygan.

Antonio Gurrado said...

Terribly, terribly sorry for Franco Sensi. Maybe he was the last one of the great italian Presidenti like Romeo Anconetani or Costantino Rozzi.
I remember the time he said, during the Scudetto show at the Circo Massimo in 2001:
"Se le persone che sono sui tetti non scendono, lo spettacolo non proseguisce".

G.

linfieldexile said...

If he can get back to Sevilla form (I saw him take Barca apart on more than 1 occasion), then you've got yourself a good player.

If not, you've got a pie a la Arsenal where he was a poor man's Emile Heskey.