Sigh. Sebastian Squillaci, what a truly awful player he was for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger signed a fair few duds in his time as Arsenal manager, but that could be expected – he was there for donkey’s years. Not that it made it any less painful when they pulled on the red and white jersey.
Unsuitable and undeserving players arrived in their droves following the completion of the Emirates in 2008 like an unwanted horde of rats streaming out of the London sewers circa 1347 as the club tiptoed their way around an increasingly precarious financial situation.
One such player was Sebastian Squillaci, an individual so bad fans have probably since wondered why the scout who recommended him did not have his head stuck on a pike above the Emirates for all to see.
The French defender linked up with the Gunners back in 2010 for an undisclosed fee (better left unsaid we are sure), in the midst of what was the club’s most challenging debt years.
“We needed a centre-back of quality and experience if possible, and at the right price – he was all of that,” Arsene Wenger said.
“He is a real defender and is good in the one against one, good in the air, and can score goals on set-pieces as well.
“I believe he will be suited to the English game.”
Blimey, Wenger, your judgement really was going to pot.
Squillaci announced himself by handing a 92nd-minute winner to Bobby Zamora with a botched clearance against Fulham (the simplest of tasks for a footballer, clearing your lines). Not stopping there, he proceeded to score an own goal in a defeat to Sunderland no less that saw Arsenal crash out of their favourite tournament, the FA Cup.
Once Thomas Vermaelen returned to fitness and Per Mertesacker was signed, Squillaci found himself sat on the periphery of the squad, exactly where he belonged.
The Frenchman has opened up fairly recently and apparently blames Arsene Wenger for his difficulties during his time at Arsenal, citing previous success at Lyon, Monaco, Sevilla and international level to reinforce his argument. The same man who reared ‘Invincible’ Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Lauren? We doubt it.
You are not fooling anyone, Squillaci.
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