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Arsenal’s Double Swoop To Sweep Up Defensive Dilemma

French defender Sebastien Squillaci is to undergo a medical at Arsenal today ahead of a proposed £5 million move from Spanish side Sevilla.

With the likes of William Gallas, Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and Phillipe Senderos all leaving Arsenal during the summer, Gunner’s boss Arsene Wenger has made recruiting more defensive cover his number one priority.

While Arsenal secured the signing of defender Laurent Koscielny from French side Lorient for a fee believed to be in excess of £9.7 million earlier in the summer, Wenger believes that Squillaci can provide some much needed experience and stability to what is seen as a fairly young squad.

The French international, who was part of France’s disappointing World Cup squad this summer, is that desperate for a move to the Emirates that he refused to play in Sevilla’s Champions League qualifier against Portuguese club Braga in fear that he would become cup tied and it would jepodise his move to the North London outfit.

While the questions around defensive capabilities of Arsenal see to have been answered with the signings of Koscielny and Squllaci, one question which still remains is that of the goalkeeping situation at the Gunners.

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been linked with a move to North London for the duration of the summer and after handing in a transfer request at Craven Cottage a number of weeks ago, progress seemed to have stalled on a potential move.

However it is now believed that manager Wenger is set to double his original bid to £4 million in order to secure the Australian internationals signature.

Schwarzer sat out of Fulham’s second Premier League game, which saw then hold Manchester United to a 2-2 draw, with what is believed to be a back injury, only serving to add fuel to the speculation of his impending departure.

With the transfer window set to close on August 31st some see the potential deal as Wenger merely moving to secure any extra goalkeeping experience before the window shuts.

Whatever the case, the former Middlesbrough shot stopper has proven his worth in the Premier League and despite being 37 years old, could still provide Arsenal with a short term fix to their goalkeeping problems as they look to go in search of some much needed silverware this season.


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