Squillaci - More to come
French centre-half enjoying English game
Last Updated: September 24, 2010 4:26pm
Squillaci: More to come
Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci insists he has his best years ahead of him following his arrival at the Emirates.
The 30-year-old centre-half secured a move to the Gunners for £6million from Sevilla this summer and has made three appearances for the club so far.
Despite his age the French defender believes he can still improve as he continues to adapt to life in the Premier League and is relishing the changes he will have to make as a player.
He said: "I have my best years ahead of me. I had a nasty ankle injury in the second half of last season, but I am feeling really well, physically and mentally now.
"I look old here in the dressing room at 30 with all those young players, but I am ready and motivated to do well.
"You can always improve and there are lots of aspects of my game I need to work on - being more physical and more solid, reading the game better, quicker play with the ball. I need to adapt in the new league as well.
"I am a proper defender, tough on my opponent, good in the air. With the ball,
I always try to play simple, good passing.
"I have scored a few headers on set-pieces, so I can help there too."
Squillaci is expected to line up for Arsenal when West Brom travel to North London in the league on Saturday.
With Thomas Vermaelen still out with an Achilles injury, the former Monaco man is set to partner Laurent Koscielny in the heart of defence once more.
Squillaci admits that he is still learning the English game, but says he is loving the pace and physical style of play.
"I knew what English football was like from playing against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League through the years," he added.
"However it was very different to playing against Blackburn and Bolton.
"It is a lot of balls in the air lots of 50-50 challenges with an incredibly physical aspect.
"However, there are more teams playing football in the Premier League. The pace of the match is just incredible and so enjoyable."