Wenger confirms addition of Squillaci

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LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday that French defender Sebastien Squillaci has completed his move from Sevilla to the English Premier League club.

Wenger expects the 30-year-old Squillaci to train with Arsenal on Friday, but he will not play Saturday against Blackburn. Sevilla accepted an undisclosed transfer fee last week, according to Wenger.

Arsenal moved to sign Squillaci before Sevilla played in the Champions League. Now the center back is eligible to feature in the competition for the Gunners.

"I made a bid on the day Sevilla played in the Champions League, so he did not play as he was waiting for the transfer," Wenger said on the club's website.

Arsenal signed Squillaci to help fill the voids left by the departures of Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Philippe Senderos and Mikael Silvestre. Wenger added French defender Laurent Koscielny from Lorient for $15.5 million earlier this summer.

Squillaci has made more than 20 appearances for France, and previously played at Monaco and Lyon in France's Ligue 1 before moving to La Liga with Sevilla.

"We needed a center back of quality and experience if possible, and at the right price - he was all of that," Wenger said. "He is a real defender and is good in the one against one, good in the air and can score goals on set-pieces as well.

"I believe he will be suited to the English game."


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