By Chris Harris

Holding midfielder? Attacking midfielder? Centre forward? Winger? Much has been made of Julio Baptista's versatility since his move to Emirates Stadium, but where will the Brazilian star actually play?

Arsène Wenger is no stranger to recruiting players who can operate in a number of roles, and he outlined his plans for Baptista at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

"Where will he play? That is a good question," Wenger admitted before revealing his intentions. "He will play either behind the striker or in midfield. I think he can be a great defensive midfielder.

"He has the sense of getting into the box, the timing. All the big teams have players who can come from deep into the box.

"Here we had Pires, now Ljungberg, at Manchester United there is Scholes, and there is Lampard at Chelsea. You need in every team a player who can come from nowhere at the right moment, and Baptista has that."

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