Squillaci couldn’t turn Gunners down

The Spanish side have confirmed they have accepted an offer from
Arsenal for Frenchman Squillaci, who is expected to have a medical
on Tuesday with a view to signing for the Gunners. “If a French
player receives an offer from Arsene Wenger, it’s practically
impossible to turn down,” he said in the Guardian. “It was a
sensational offer for me and I was happy Sevilla let me go. It was
a difficult situation but I knew I had to take this chance. “I knew
if I played against Braga then I would not have been able to play
for Arsenal in the Champions League,” said the defender, who
refused to play for Sevilla against the Portuguese outfit in last
week’s play-off. “Arsenal were always the team I watched out for.
For any spectator like me, you had to watch a squad with [Thierry]
Henry, [Robert] Pires, [Patrick] Vieira and [William] Gallas. Now,
I’m happy to have my name in the history books. For me, this is a
great new challenge and I’ve gone there purely to be part of that.
“I don’t think my age is a problem. My experience in football is
great and players of my age tend to be at the peak of their playing
career.” Squillaci, 30, will strengthen an Arsenal rearguard
weakened by the departures of William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Sol
Campbell and Philippe Senderos if he does put pen to paper and
complete a move to Wenger’s men. A statement on the Sevilla website
read: “Defender Sebastien Squillaci is travelling to London to have
a medical at Arsenal, the club he will be transferred to after an
agreement was reached by the two clubs pending the results of the
medical.”