By Tony Attwood
Untold Arsenal doesn’t do predictions about who we are about to buy, but if we did I might be tempted to say Sébastien Squillaci.
Squillaci is a central defender who was with Monaco – with whom we know that our Lord Wenger has many contacts. He went on loan to AC Ajaccio before getting established in 2002, as Monaco won the League Cup and were runners up in the league. He was also there in the champs league final of 2004 – wherein he scored against Real Mad in the semis.
He then went on to Olympique Lyonnais with whom he won the league twice, before joining Sevilla in July 2008, winning the Copa del Ray last season. He was in the French squad for the jolly world cup jaunt in South Africa but didn’t play – he’s got 20 caps which he keeps in a hat rack.
I suspect there might be something in this tale of a transfer because this is exactly the sort of player Wenger likes to bolster the back four – experienced and able to step up when needed, but not going to make a big fuss if he doesn’t get a game for a while. And besides that Young Guns reckon its a goer, which is usually a fair indication.
And there’s the dinky fact that he was withdrawn from the Sevilla team in the first leg of the Champions League play-off tie this week.
Quotes, as we know in football, are gibberish, but here’s one anyway….
“The player asked us not to play this game due to an important offer from a team, although for the moment, we consider the bid to be inadequate and Squillaci remains a Sevilla player,” said Sevilla director Ramon Rodriguez.
Here’s another: “I read ‘Making the Arsenal’ by that Tony Attwood guy, and I have to say that any club that has supporters who can write such stuff, well, you know, I have to be part of it,” said the player.
Which is probably closer to the truth than the Spanish press which are predicting “developments” on the transfer today which means nothing will happen for the next ten years.
Untold’s Index – see the world through a grain of sand
Woolwich Arsenal – the history of the club from the fans point of view
Making the Arsenal – the book every Italian was reading by the poolside this summer.
One of these statements is not quite correct, but well, this is football. Know what I mean?
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