Squillaci: When you play for Arsenal you play for titles

Squillaci: When you play for Arsenal you play for titles

Arsenal’s new signing Sebastien Squillaci has his eye on bringing the Premier League title back to the Gunners this season following his move from Sevilla.

The central defender officially completed the switch from Spain this morning for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £5m and the French international is delighted to be in England.

“I am very proud and very happy to be at this big club. For me it is one of the best European clubs around with a great history.

My first impressions are very positive too, I visited the training ground which is beautiful and the pitches here are great as well. I look forward to training with my team mates and I look forward to playing for Arsenal.”

Squillaci also cited Arsene Wenger as one of the main reasons behind moving to the club and is looking forward to working under the long-serving Arsenal manager.

“I don’t know [Wenger] very well personally even though I’ve met him many times during matches with the French national team.

But Arsene Wenger has a great reputation in the football world, and in the world generally really. He’s been very important for French football and he’s done very well with Arsenal as well, we all know that, and so I’ve got great respect for him. I’m very happy to work for a coach such as him.

To work with him is very important to me and so it’s a great pleasure, really, to be trained by a coach like him.

The Frenchman, who has 21 caps for his country, is well known for his no-nonsense approach to the game and he believes this will help him to adapt to the English style.

“I enjoy the duels, I think it’s one of my qualities and here in England there are many duels on the pitch and it’s good to respond in a physical way.

I’ve played in France, I’ve played in Spain for two years, I’ve played internationals and I’ve played in the Champions League, I’m 30 and I have a bit of experience as well. Now I’m going to discover a new league and I’ve played against English teams before, like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, so I think I know what to expect.

Because of that experience in different leagues I do have an advantage [in adapting]. That experience can only be an advantage really.”

Squillaci won’t be involved in tomorrow’s game against Blackburn due to lack of match fitness but could now make his debut for the Gunners versus Bolton Wanderers following the international break as he looks to help his new side to success in the new season.

“It’s a very difficult league but when you play for Arsenal you play for titles and you play for trophies.

It’s very difficult to be the champions [in England] and that’s why that ambition has to be within you. Arsenal are a very well respected team who qualify for the Champions League every year so why not be at the top?”

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