Baptista hopes for Arsenal deal

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Julio Baptista hopes he has done enough to earn a permanent switch to Arsenal.

The Brazilian is on a season-long loan at Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid and has been used most often in the cup competitions for The Gunners.

Baptista has scored six goals in two Carling Cup games to help Arsene Wenger's side to a final clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

Despite not featuring too regularly in the Premiership, Baptista believes he is worthy of a permanent deal.

"I think I've shown what I'm capable of and now it's the decision of the club," he said.

"It's all quite complicated and I'm not trying to get involved at all but my agent is coming here in the next month and will begin all the negotiations."

Baptista is set to start against The Blues in Cardiff, as Wenger continues his policy of blooding Arsenal's young talent in the cups.

He added: "This is the competition I'm having most opportunity, it's the one in which Arsene Wenger is really giving me a chance, the only one where I've been able to show how I am able to play.

"It has been very important, as much as anything for my own self-confidence, for showing that I can really do it and that when I'm needed I can do the business.

"And when you're a little bit older you do feel a little bit more senior."

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott expects some of the Arsenal youngsters on show on Sunday to break into the first team anytime soon.

"You see Denilson breaking through - he's going to be a brilliant player," said Walcott. "I expect a lot of players to break through soon. Next season's going to be our season."