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Wenger Confirms Squillaci Signing

Arsene Wenger has confirmed the signing of French central defender Sebastien Squillaci.

It's been almost four days since reports came through that Squillaci had undergone a medical, yet there had still been no official confirmation that the International defender had actually signed, raising yet more speculation as to why it hadn't been finalised. Reasons ranged from 'We've ran out of 'Q's in the club shop', to suspicions he'd been killed by the club's medical staff.

However none of that matters now after Wenger confirmed the signing at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Blackburn game this coming Saturday dinner time.

'We needed a centre-back of quality and experience if possible, and at the right price - he was all of that,' Wenger said of Squillaci. '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.'

Le Boss also confirmed he take no part in the game against Fat Sam's thugs.

'He will train with us tomorrow morning, but will not be involved on Saturday.'




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 26 2010

Time: 2:08PM

Your Comments

I think they decided to abandon the attempt to beat the Nasri record for a protracted signing once they realised there were only 5 days left until the window closes. A good solid signing though. It seems like ages since Wenger signed a teenager for the first team. Ramsey was the last and before that Denilson 4 years ago. More than a dozen others in their 20's or 30's since then.
Amos.
The club thought we might sign a keeper soon and thought they'd save some dosh by announcing a double signing. That way they only have to pay the club photographer for one set of shots and both new signings could simply share one Arsenal scarf to hold above their gurning faces for the publicity shots.
Little Dutch
Certainly Amos. There's no argument anymore that Wenger only signs kids. Rosicky, Gallas, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Sagna, Chamakh, Eduardo, and now Squillaci. Great experience in amongst that lot!
Rocky7
I just hope we complete the summers activities with the signing of a keeper. We still have spent modestly if you take away sales meaning we should be able to comfortably spend up to 10m on a keeper if that amount was needed. Unless they have faith in Scezny to be good enough in a year or two they need to bring in someone younger than Schwarzer who turns 38 next month i believe.
paul_ownz
My gut level feeling is that we won't sign a keeper, tho one other player may come in besides Squilacci. Interesting article with graph showing Arsenal's cash efficiency as compared to other PL clubs (Man City's is practically off the graph): http://blog.footbalistic.com/?p=1445#comment-72384899
jaelle
Anyone knows what his squad number is?
Sajit
Sajit, Squilacci will have #18, which doesn't fill me with joy. Not a lot of our recent #18s have inspired (Cygan,Silvestre...)
jaelle
All French. All no.18. Well third time lucky maybe
Eboue=GOD
Grimandi before that too.
Little Dutch
YES. We are in group H. I really wanted to be in that group, now just to wait 4 hours to see who we will face. How exciting the ceremony/draw is....
paul_ownz
Shaktar Donestk. Could of been alot worse
paul_ownz
Eduardo to play against us in the Champs League :)
bowiecokemirror
Its going to be a long trip to Ukraine to face Shaktar...just our luck! on the brighter side atleast we get to bid a proper goodbye to Eduardo.
Deltaforce
Eduardoooooooo!!! Couldnt have got a better draw. A proper goodbye to a gentleman.
Sajit
I guess im not going away in the group stages. Ukraine, Serbia. No thank you
paul_ownz
Happy that the deal is finally confirmed. I reckon there could be another signing before the window shuts but it wouldnt surprise if AW signs another defensive player as opposed to a goalie i.e. to strengthen the defence as a priority over signing a goalie. But lets watch this space.
True-Gooner-Blood
I'm glad that he has finally joined us, but I'm a bit surprised at the length of his contract. Three years takes him well over AW's 'golden' rule of people over 30.
Cockney Rich
CR, usually, a desriable 30 year old would insist on such tenures now, knowing he wouldn't get such an extension once he turns 31/32. Same for Gallas when he joined us at 29 on a 4 year contract. Besides, quoting him, Wenger said: "It's not over 30, it's over 32. So when you have a player [who is] 32 he will just get a one-year contract. It depends on the positions as well. If a central defender, then no problem to sign them until 34. But a striker is different. After 32 you go from year to year. A midfielder as well, after 32 you go from year-to-year." Whatever he says, it is necessary to remain flexible on such matters, in my view.
Naijagunner
Losing Campbell & Gallas but Squillaci & Koscielny are more than good enough replacements... now for a keeper!
Vanilla Ice
Is Wenger feeling alright? :P
TheFamousNo7
Well some bad news regarding the keeper signing. Arsene says there's nothing new on the transfer front. Although he hasn't ruled out a new signing yet it looks increasingly unlikely that there's going to be a keeper signing before the end of the window.
Eboue=GOD
I'm still confident that Schwarzer will come. Hughes has made this transfer WAY more difficult than it should have been. I really think that on monday we'll see Fulham finally accept our offer and we can get the medical under way. As I understand it, Schwarzer has already agreed ' in principle ' to the terms of his contract with us.
Cockney Rich
 

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