Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Sebastien Squillaci an Arsenal player, Schwarzer next? Rosicky on Theo

Morning Gooners.

Within the next 24 hours I can confidently predict we'll have signed a new player. He will be a defender, a France international, in his 30s and will have experience at the highest levels of both international and European football.

You see the deal for Sebastien Squillaci is very much complete. He had a medical yesterday and barring any problems he will become an Arsenal player today no doubt on the obligatory long term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The man himself has even been speaking about the move.

"If a French player receives an offer from Arsène Wenger, it's practically impossible to turn down. 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.
"Arsenal were always the team I watched out for. For any spectator like me, you had to watch a squad with [Thierry] Henry, [Robert] Pirès, [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."
There is more on the Frenchman in the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail fill in some gaps if you don't know much about Squillaci.

Former Spurs player Didier Zokora who played with Squillaci at Sevilla tells Sky Sports News our new signing will fit in well at Arsenal. 

I would imagine that his signing will be posted on Arsenal.com this morning, but don't hold me to that. 

You would hope that once the deal for Squillaci is done our full attention is turned to bringing Mark Schwarzer to the club. 

The Australian is still waiting patiently at Craven Cottage for us to come and get him.  And if we go back for him with a third bid we should get him. But the window is still open for a week. He works on the other side of London so a deal going right down to the wire is not impossible.

I imagine as John Cross points out in his piece, it's more of a case of Fulham finding a replacement for the Australian which could be holding up the deal.

Fulham say Schwarzer isn't fit, but that is just a ruse. He hasn't featured for them in either of their Premier two League games yet a week before the season played in a pre-season friendly at Portsmouth.

In other news Tomas Rosicky talks about how Theo Walcott should be enjoying his game rather than prove something to the critics.

"I just hope he will not play football to answer his critics or something. I think the best way is to go out and enjoy his football - that's always what worked for me.
"Let's go out and enjoy the game and I think he enjoyed it [against Blackpool]."
Those two, Rosicky and Walcott, had superb games on Saturday. If Walcott hadn't scored a hattrick Rosicky would have been my man of the match. He's had a good base with his pre-season preparations so I just hope he can push on this year and be the player he was prior to his injury.

He brings so much to the team. I'm glad he's coming back to his best.

Elsewhere Ian Wright joins in the Theo Walcott / Alan Hansen debate with his Sun column.

The Daily Mail says Andrey Arshavin doesn't support England's 2018 World Cup bid. Not really a shocker that one considering Russia have their own bid going in for the tournament.

In transfer news we've been linked to Zambian teenager Emmanuel Mbola. The 17-year-old left back plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We're looking at giving him a trial according to the Daily Mirror.

A piece of good news from the official site. They've dropped or can't be bothered to update their much criticized Transfer Linked section.  

And finally, William Gallas made his debut in a new shirt yesterday and promptly told Tottenham fans they'll love him if they win the league. I think it's a special anniversary this season isn't it? Fifty years on from only their second league title and never again any time soon. You'll have a hard job winning that one Willy!

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