Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urged to sign Brazilian players by Julio Baptista

Julio Baptista

Julio Baptista believes that Arsenal should recruit Brazilian players.

Julio Baptista has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign more players from Brazil.

The Gunners do not have a single Brazilian in their squad at the moment.

In previous players, the North London club have had a number of players from the South American country.

The likes of Edu, Gilberto Silva, Sylvinho and Andre Santos have all turned out for Arsenal with different fortunes.

Baptista also played for Arsenal for one season. The 33-year-old Cruzeiro attacker featured for the Gunners for the 2006-07 campaign on loan from Real Madrid.

The former Brazil international believes that Wenger should sign more players from his country.

‘I think Arsenal can look a little more to Brazil’, he told the Arsenal Magazine. ‘It depends on the kind of player Arsene Wenger wants. But we are always producing new stars and talented players, So why not sign a few Brazilians?’

Brazil is the spiritual home of football and consistently produce great footballers. The likes of Neymar, Oscar, Kaka and Philippe Coutinho are household names throughout the world.

But it would mean little for Arsenal if they sign a Brazilian player just for the sake of it. The signings are, and should be, made based on the players’ qualities and expertise rather than their nationality.

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