By Chris Harris
For the second time in less than three years, Arsène Wenger has brought in a player who made his name at Seville.
Jose Antonio Reyes came directly from the Spanish club and another former Seville star, Julio Baptista, has arrived at Emirates Stadium via Real Madrid, with his former team-mate moving in the opposite direction.
For all his undoubted talent, Reyes never adapted to life in his adopted country. So what makes Wenger think Baptista will be any different? The manager believes that Baptista's background will help him settle.
"It is a bit different when you take a player who has already stayed away from his country," Wenger said. "Reyes was away for the first time, a young boy coming from Seville, which has a typical way of life.
"You have to create conditions where players are happy to be and that everything is right. With Reyes, it was a bit more adaptation problems to a different lifestyle. That is a risk you take when you sign foreign players.
"But you take a guy like Julio Baptista, he has already adapted from Brazil to Spain. Although culturally it is closer to Brazil than England, I believe he will adapt."
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