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.”