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Mikael Silvestre says he is happy to play at centre-half following his move to Arsenal.

The France international completed a surprise switch to Emirates Stadium from title rivals Manchester United last month.

He has yet to make his debut for the Gunners due to a thigh strain, but could be involved in their opening UEFA Champions League group game against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Silvestre is keen to impart his wisdom to the younger members of Arsenal's squad and is ready to challenge Kolo Toure and compatriot William Gallas for a place in the starting line-up.

Time to move

"Arsene Wenger wants me to play more centrally and that's fine by me," said Silvestre in the News of the World.

"I wasn't having enough opportunities at United, even if Sir Alex Ferguson wanted me to stay. But I wanted to play a bit more which is why I felt it was time to move.

"I'll also have the chance to help the younger players.

"Experience comes naturally as you develop and the younger guys will look up to senior players like myself and William Gallas as we're the ones who have been around for a while."