Squillaci to get physical
New Arsenal signing hoping experience will be invaluable
By James Dall. Last Updated: 27/08/10 12:36pm
Squillaci: Arsenal new boy
Arsenal new boy Sebastien Squillaci is eagerly anticipating the physical challenge that comes with playing in the Premier League.
The experienced France international has joined the Gunners from Sevilla for a fee in the region of £3million.
And Squillaci is confident he has what it takes to be a success in England's top flight.
The central defender said: "Yes, I do like the duels. I feel it is one of my qualities and here in England there are many duels and it is good to be able to respond physically.
"I have played in France, I have played in Spain for two years, I have played internationals and in the Champions League, I am 30 and I have a bit of experience.
"Now I am going to discover a new league. I have played against English teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool so I know what to expect.
"I know it will take some time to adapt to new team-mates and the new game but I hope that it will happen quickly."
He continued: "It is a very difficult league but when you play for Arsenal, you play for titles and cups.
"It is very difficult to be the champions but that is why you need that ambition. Arsenal are a very respected team who qualify every year for the Champions League so why not one day be at the top?"
Squillaci has reportedly signed a three-year deal at Emirates Stadium, and the 30-year-old is hopeful his experience will prove invaluable this season.
He said: "I hope I will be able to play for another four or five years.
"It is true that there are many young players here and to arrive at 30 is unusual.
"But I left France quite late, at 28, to join Sevilla. I played for two years in Spain and now I am playing here.
"It is an unusual career path but I regret nothing. The most important thing is that it is happening today and I will be playing for Arsenal."