Well, his name is Sébastien Squillaci, born in Toulon, France on the 11th August 1980. He’s 6′ 1″ short and is a centre back – he was at Seville but now it looks like he will be on duty alongside Vermaelen, Koscielny or maybe even A.N. Other.
His previous clubs have been Toulon, Monaco, Ajaccio, Lyon and of course Seville.
Internationally, he has played just twenty matches for France but that doesn’t make him a bad player does it, just look at what has been going on in the French squad for the last few years :)
He began his playing days for a local club, Sporting Toulon before making the big move to AS Monaco, unable to get into the side on a regular basis he dropped down a division and went on loan to AS Ajaccio where he shone.
A change of manager at Monaco saw Squillaci get his chance, Deschamps played him as first choice Centre Half and he helped Monaco finish 2nd in the league and winners of the Coupe de la Ligue (French for Carling Cup I think)!!
Squillaci then made his mark in Europe, Monaco had a great run in the Champions League in 2004 but just like us in 2006 his side were beaten in the final, for Monaco though, Jose Moanrinho’s Porto side were their nemesis. Along the way Monaco knocked out Real Madrid and the Chavs.
Monaco and Deschamps parted company and it wasn’t long before Squillaci left aswell, in 2006 he joined Olympique Lyonnais.It was here he formed a formidable defensive partnership with Brazilian defender, Cris. Lyon would go on to dominate the season winning the league by an unprecedented 18 points.
In the summer of 2008, our new boy was on the move again, this time to Sevilla, he cost £6M back then and we have paid £5M – cripes, he holds his value better than any car I’ve ever owned and sold…
All in all I think Wenger has signed a half decent CH, will he be first choice to play alongside TV or will he be competing with Djourou for the 3rd place? He’s won a few trophies and league titles so he’s got the qualifications we so desperately cried out for before the transfer window opened.
Maybe Wenger will surprise all against Blackburn, play the two newbies together with TV and Song in front of them, then let the rest of the team attack Blackburn like they don’t know whats hit them??
Now then Arsene, you know you have said you want to buy more, so go sort us a goalkeeper, another centre half and an ageing defensive midfielder, then none of us will mind if you follow that with an ageing defensive midfielder, or any other bizarre kind of signing :)
Here he is in action, the music is shocking though ;)
Tomas Rosicky has this to say about Theo and those who continue to critisise him…..
I just hope he doesn’t play football to answer his critics. I think the best way is to go out and enjoy his football and this is always what has worked for me and I hope he will be like this as well.
I don’t think he is playing football to answer some critics. Let’s go out and enjoy the game. I think he enjoyed it on Saturday!
Well said Tomas Rosicky………
Have a great day all….