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Mini-Bio & Video: Sebastien Squillaci


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Arsenal look set to announce the signing of Sebastien Squillaci tomorrow evening, making him Arsene Wenger’s third acquisition of the summer.

Experienced French international Squillaci will sign a 3-year deal after Sevilla accepted Arsenal’s £5.3 million offer for the defender.

Mini-Bio:

Squillaci is a tough, old-fashioned centre back who has a whole host of experience under his belt for both club and country.

The 30-year-old is in the mould of Arsenal legend Martin Keown and isn’t known for being as comfortable on the ball as the Gunners other defenders’.

Renowned for being strong in the air, Squllaci’s natural position is at centre half while he is also right-footed which makes him an ideal replacement for William Gallas.


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Fabgooner
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Fabgooner
6 years 2 days ago

He can or can’t play DM?

kouky
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kouky
6 years 2 days ago

Is he Right-Footed? And how often is he injuried…

Crackle
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Crackle
6 years 2 days ago

Is he comfortable on the ball?

Fabo[4]
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Fabo[4]
6 years 2 days ago

Read the post guys. All the questions are answered. Good aquisition btw.

Geir
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6 years 2 days ago

I thought we were buying a defender, not a forward.

john
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john
6 years 2 days ago

chris what do u think.will he be behind djourou in line up.if so will he be ready to sit on bench.how do you think wenger will manage his center backs

john
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john
6 years 2 days ago

what about his speed.is he pacey?

Fabo[4]
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Fabo[4]
6 years 2 days ago

He’s not particularly quick but far from a slouch. I think he will start alongside TV5 eventually. His experience will give him the edge over the other CBs.

Thomas
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Thomas
6 years 2 days ago

Good signing. I think that Squillaci will fight with Kos for the starting place, Djourou being the 4th choice.

Does anyone know is there any substance to the story that Schwarzer failed a medical at Arsenal??

diablo
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diablo
6 years 2 days ago

my prayers have been answer finally one more wenger the final peace of puzzle gk we do need one in case almunia fu**ed himself

Geir
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6 years 2 days ago

My feeling is that from having the weakest central defence in the premier league now we have the strongest. Vermaelen is a giant, Koscielny and Djorou are better than the second strings at United and Chelsea, and Squilachi is the same level as Vermaelen. Just watch and see.

lee
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lee
6 years 2 days ago

lol surely there has to be more squillaci clips than that,a guy who has played for monaco,lyon and sevilla and has 20 caps for france and yet that compilation doesnt do the guy justice.Is there any more skee -larchi clips.

john
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john
6 years 2 days ago

if squillassi is that good can we say that he is better than gallas.gallas was the main cb in french team.i think koscielny will still start.if he is inferior to gallas and he starts before kosc we will not be in a better condition than last year

Fabo[4]
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Fabo[4]
6 years 2 days ago

A GK and possibly a DM away from being complete. We haven’t been this close squad wise for years.
Come on Arsenal!!!

gazzap
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gazzap
6 years 2 days ago

he must be bought for first team. you dont buy a 30 year old for the bench. But I think its worth giving enough rest to our first team players. I would like to see Verm given rests now and again to prevent injuries later in the season.
So wenger does give more than 1 year contracts to players over 30 if he is buying them but not if they are at the club. weird?

Fabo[4]
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Fabo[4]
6 years 2 days ago

John I don’t agree, we went wrong with the GK errors and Gallas’s and RvP’s injuries last season. If we get a good keeper and Squillaci starts, given that he is good in the air, we will be better.

Michael Bunde
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Michael Bunde
6 years 1 day ago

Sounds good,he is a good fighter of the ball he will at least fill william’s position,the price is also good but his age is my major concern

fan
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fan
6 years 1 day ago

I wonder why Wenger purchase him over all the other cbs. Particularly Mectsaker.

American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 1 day ago

he will step right in and start. perfect fit.

GoOner4life
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GoOner4life
6 years 1 day ago

ahh man i was hoping we could have uped our bid for jagy or even tryd getting micha Richard,i think we are despraaate for english players and we all no English midfieldrz and attackers aren’t gonna work at arsenal so a keeper and cb was the obvious choice,anywyaz better than nothing,and hope he dose the job well.now get rid of the 2 greatest gk arsenal have everrrr had!! and lets have a descent keeper,not great like the 1’s before and 1’s now which ONLY ARSENE think ther’re top,but a keeper that our df can actualy rely on.
and bring MELO plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Anders
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6 years 1 day ago

Why do these youtube clips of defenders always focus on their goal scoring ability and not their defensive attributes. Absolutely pointless vid. Anyway, it’s a fantastic addition and will bring the necessary competition to the CBs.

John
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John
6 years 1 day ago

We only need a back up defender i think its a great deal.

PPl stop being deluded we dont need a first choice centre half we just need a back up player.

Johan Djorou for me could be our best defender hes get the whole package.

But i must say i have been extremely impressed with koscielny he looks class.

I am happy with our defenders i just think arsene wenger could change our defensive play and personel like replace clichy for gibbs, arshavin etc and i think we can do quite well this season

arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever
6 years 1 day ago

but he looks comfortable with the ball!! Not as stylish like Kos but good and far better option as this Spahic guy!!! Hope for MS and Ciani now. Whats about these Montolivo rumours? Usually Daily Star has inside infos from Arsenal. English players way to expensive so I understand Wenger didnt offer lot more for Jags!

Anders
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6 years 1 day ago
@John: I think the point is this guy can be backup or first choice, meaning he is good enough to play for us (unlike silvestre [spit]), and step in at any time without us feeling nervous about his inabilities. He’s 30+ remember so won’t be around for long which gives JD this season to recover fully, only playing a bit part i imagine, and then step it up for next season. I really like JD too but he’s been out for a long time and like every other player who’s been sidelined for that amount of time he’ll probably need… Read more »
piken79
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piken79
6 years 1 day ago

I have seen him play a couple of times, he is a decent defender but I am worry about his speed since we defend so high up the pitch. Why do they all have to be french?

neil
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neil
6 years 1 day ago

we need a lb cuz clichy aint good at defening he be better of playin as lm or lw

Charlie
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Charlie
6 years 1 day ago

Good signing. Now, hopefullywe get a goalkeeper. Then the team is complete.

George
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George
6 years 1 day ago
Squalici is definitely not Wenger’s 1st choice. Cahill, Mertesacker, Jageilka were all ahead of him but they were either overpriced or didn’t want to come (Mertesacker). I do think we paid a little more for a player that is above average, on the wrong side of 30 and with just a year left on his contract, however he is the correct signing. We were short of a good, experienced CB and he fits the bill. We overpaid because we were desperate. The next signing and should be the last would be Schwarzer, that deal is almost done, I though 3m… Read more »
fan
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fan
6 years 1 day ago

@George: Well said George

jason
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jason
6 years 1 day ago

French

Mark
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Mark
6 years 1 day ago

No nonsense CB at decent price with top level experience and nous, hopefully will rub-off. 30+ so will not interfere with progress of Norvedt who looks a super prospect. Good comms. along the back 4 (all French speaking !)but nobody will understand the Oz accent !!
A footballing ‘thug’ of a DM would be the icing.

goonerjon
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goonerjon
6 years 1 day ago

Squillaci, Schwartzer(?) and hopefully a new DM – then Arsenal win EPL for sure.

petros
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petros
6 years 1 day ago

what happened to our 1 year policy for players over 30? i am happy with signing squillaci but isn’t it contradictory to what we state as a club policy?

WillyG
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WillyG
6 years 1 day ago

@goonerjon: Arsenal will not sign a DM….Our main aim should be a new GK……I like Song alot,I do think we need a stronger back up but Denilson needs to play maybe one day he will prove himself…

Me
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Me
6 years 1 day ago

Why does Wenger keep saying we have the money to buy quality players when we clearly don’t have. If we did have we’d now enjoy Jagielka playing for us, and not Squilacci who’s definitely not good enough for Arsenal.

dims
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dims
6 years 1 day ago

@Me: Squilacci is a good defender and his price is reasonable. Jagielka is overpriced, not good as its price. Why you so pesimistic ???

chris
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chris
6 years 1 day ago

players like cahill and jagielka are so over hyped, yes they are good players but everyone speaks of them like they dont make mistakes.. neither has played champions league footie or have many caps for england (i think jag has 2 caps).. and we would have been quoted 15m+ on both players which is ridiculous.. i think squillaci will be a good addition, but we desperately need a keeper..

The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY
6 years 1 day ago

@chris:
yeah they are over priced. they ain if we won the league or if liverpool/ man u/chelsea got one of them and won the league.
you cant put a price on success you idiot.
(or buy roger johnson)

IJustLoveArsenal
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IJustLoveArsenal
6 years 1 day ago

What do you guys think about the latest article on skysports.com about Wenger still looking for another defender to purchase even after he puchases squillaci?

ilya
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ilya
6 years 1 day ago

it seems like its hard for some to grasp the fact that we have a budget and paying double just cause they’re english is bad buisness, they usually have 0 resale value over 27 years old. I doubt jag is much better then squillaci, pretty sure squid is ranked higher on Castrol ratings

American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 19 hours ago

george in all fairness you have no clue whether squillaci was wenger’s first or last choice. he is a french international, has cl experience and has played in some of the biggest leagues in europe. sounds like a top choice to me.

Arsenalisto
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Arsenalisto
6 years 17 hours ago
George: Denilson and Eastmond would be the replacement for Song. Dam it, just when I was saying we got a carbon-copy of Song in reserves, Frimpong did his cruciate and all of the sudden his season is over, why just why? when our players seem set for breakthroughs they break down (RVP last season and 07-08, Theo last 2 seasons, Ro Sicky 07-08, Bendtner last season…etc). I hope Diaby and Rosicky stay fit and keep up the good work, so that Denilson doesn’t smell the pitch grass, I didn’t used to hate him but Wenger kept giving him chance after… Read more »
George
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George
6 years 17 hours ago
American Gooner: if you looked at the whole passage of my writing you would get the understanding that I same as you felt that Squillaci was a pretty good signing. There are a lot of clues that however he isn’t Wenger’s first choice, it was a fact that he submitted a bit for Jageilka but was rejected. Arsenalisto: Yes, Denilson performed below par last season, I was very critical of him too. But he is not going to start every game, Wilshere, Diaby, Ramsey are all ahead of him now. He is not going to be world class but has… Read more »
The Left Hand Of HENRY
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The Left Hand Of HENRY
6 years 11 hours ago

at the moment eastmond is too weak to play that role in midfield. saying that he has better discipline than frimpong and just plays the barber (short back and sides) I think he should cover for right back at the moment coz if he rushes to putting on some beef he could end up like clichy and denilson, who both got bad backs from doing too much weights.
he should just take his time and put on the muscle over a couple of years, like diaby did

GunnerMacedonia
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GunnerMacedonia
6 years 10 hours ago

wasn`t he supposed to sign yesterday? whate happened?

jo
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jo
6 years 9 hours ago

on ssn they said he done a part of his medical on monday

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