For all the praise Arsene Wenger has received over his transfer policies, there are a handful of transfer deals in the last couple of years that haven’t quite come off.
Two of the biggest examples of these ‘failures’ (they aren’t failures but considering Arsenal’s success they seem like failures) are Baptista and Reyes.
As things stand right now, Reyes is 50-50 for staying in Real Madrid (Real Madrid would probably agree to a swap deal with Baptista or pay 10m or less, both of which would be unacceptable to Arsenal) and
Arsenal Baptista has almost no chance of staying at Arsenal (chances of a miraculous recovery were shot down by Baptista himself.
Baptista’s turnaround is not too surprising but considering how ‘happy’ he was pushed as being at the start of the season, this is full circle for Baptista at Arsenal.
Here’s Baptista bitching about the weather and the Premiership:
“The weather over here is killing me. We get one day of sunshine for every 30 days of rain.
The Premiership is very hard. I enjoy making clever touches but the game is so fast I don’t have time to think.”
Here’s Baptista talking about his future:
“I could stay at Arsenal but right now I can’t see myself anywhere for definite.
But it is clear in my mind that I’d tackle a second chance with Real with far more maturity than I did my first.
My girlfriend and my mother are frightened about not seeing the sun in England. They miss being in Madrid.”
Here’s proof that he’s learned one thing from Arsenal:
“The teams from the north of England are terrible. When we play them I have counted their centre-backs booting up to 30 long balls upfield per game.
The moment you stop to think, someone has taken the ball off you and knocked you to the ground.
Over here they value a corner kick more than a fancy flick. I am lucky to be with Arsenal, as they are a team that likes to play proper football.”
Not relentless whining, you negative fucks – proper football, of course.
And the absolute inability to score.