Squillaci confirms Arsenal move
August 24, 2010
Wenger has finally landed the French centre back, who has been speaking about his move to us…
“If a French player receives an offer from Arsène Wenger, it’s practically impossible to turn down”
“It was a sensational offer for me and I was happy Sevilla let me go. It was a difficult situation but I knew I had to take this chance. I knew if I played against Braga then I would not have been able to play for Arsenal in the Champions League.”
“Arsenal were always the team I watched out for”
“For any spectator like me, you had to watch a squad with [Thierry] Henry, [Robert] Pirès, [Patrick] Vieira and [William] Gallas.
Now, I’m happy to have my name in the history books.
For me, this is a great new challenge and I’ve gone there purely to be part of that.
“I don’t think my age is a problem. My experience in football is great and players of my age tend to be at the peak of their playing career.”
So who is he? What do we know about him?
Well, he has pedigree for sure, having helped Monaco reach the Final of the Champions League back in 2004, at the the tender age of 23.
He was under the guidance of Claude Puel, Wenger’s captain during his Moanco days, and was instrumental in helping to overcome both Real Madrid ( he scored a vital goal ) and the Chavs in the semi-final.
From Monaco he moved to Lyon, and it was the partnership he formed with Cris that first brought him to my attention.
Cris was the more elegant defender, whereas Seb-Squil was the brutish beast who bullied and terrorised the opponents in his box, almost like a wild animal protecting its cubs.
For those gooners who have not seen him play… think Steve Bould!
He is not as slow as some reports have had him out to be, but he is not as fast as say Koscienly is proving to be.
His aerial dominance and no nonesense approach to defending will have gooners making him our 21st Century Grimandi.
Seb-Squil looks likely to play second fiddle to TV5 and Kos, but make no mistake, as Grimandi did back in the late 90s, when called upon he will step in and do a job, a job that gooners will find pleasing.
He was just the player we needed a couple of seasons back, and the Summer of 2008, when he joined Sevilla, I was very surprised Wenger did not go for him… le boss knows everything about every Ligue 1 player.
Seb-Squil must have been high on his radar, but I never recall seeing him linked to us until last week, which is surprising, as his overriding qualities, are exactly what ever single fan of the club have been calling for in a Arsenal centre back.
His attitude and willingness to “get stuck in” will have the Emms faithful right behind him from the get go, you know I could easily see him edging Kos out early doors.
I like Kos a lot, he is very sound in his reading of the game, but you can certainly see him struggling against big strikers, the aerial presence Seb-Squil will afford us will be massive.
Bascially, he is good, very solid, and will take to the EPL like a duck to water, this league is made for him.
Bottom line? Drogba would have no chance against our new Beast!