Canal+ Are Quoting A Bid Of €8M From Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is on the verge of bringing Sevilla’s French centre-back Sebastien Squillaci to Arsenal. The rumour of a possible move was intensified last night when Squillaci was left out of Sevilla’s Champions League qualifier with Braga. This would leave him eligible to play in Europe for the Gunners and should seal the deal. The deal is thought to be up to 8M Euros depending on appearances, according to French TV channel Canal +.

Squillaci is thirty years old, so he’s no spring chicken. What he would bring to the Arsenal back line however is experience, something they don’t have a lot of. Whilst Vermaelen and Sagna are good players, and Koscielny is highly rated, none of them have much experience at all. Campbell, Gallas and Silvestre were all released in the summer, and probably rightly so. But they were the ones who’d been there and done it. They also let Senderos go to Fulham.

At the moment Arsenal are looking quite thin in terms of first team defenders. I would say they’ve got seven defenders in the squad. And that includes Traore and Gibbs who haven’t been involved in first team games very much. So Arsenal definitely needs another defender in.

Squillaci has plenty of experience. He’s won titles with Lyon and played regular Champions League football for them and Sevilla. He’s also got twenty caps for France and was part of their shambolic 2010 World Cup squad. Don’t hold it against him; he didn’t play in any of the games.

He’d be a cheap and cheerful signing and would add some experience and another body to Arsenal’s back line.

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