Sebastien Squillaci insists his best is yet to come

24 September 2010 02:18
Sebastien Squillaci admits he may be an old man in the Arsenal dressing room, but the French defender insists his 'best years are ahead of him'.[LNB]Squillaci - rested for the mid-week Carling Cup win at Tottenham - is set to partner Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners rearguard against West Brom on Saturday as Thomas Vermaelen still battling to recover from an Achilles problem. [LNB]The experienced centre-back has settled quickly into English football, having jumped at the chance of a £6million move from Sevilla just before the transfer window closed.[LNB] Jumped at the chance: Sebastien Squillaci joined Arsenal for £6m from Sevilla [LNB]Squillaci played in the 2004 Champions League final for Monaco against Jose Mourinho's Porto and was also part of Les Bleus World Cup disaster.[LNB]However, the defender believes Arsenal fans have yet to see him at the very top of his game.[LNB]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.[LNB]'I look old here in the dressing room at 30 with all those young players, but I am ready and motivated to do well.[LNB]'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.[LNB]'But 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.'[LNB]After being made aware of Arsenal's interest, Squillaci asked not to be included in the Sevilla squad for their Champions League qualifier against Braga so as not to be cup-tied.[LNB]He added: 'I spent two great seasons at Sevilla, but early on I realised that I was not part of the manager's plans this year, and that it would be better for me to leave.[LNB]'When my agents told me, just before the end of the transfer window, that Arsenal were interested in signing me, I told them 'go for it.' There was no way I could let this opportunity slip.'[LNB] We're in the money! Arsenal announce record pre-tax profits of £56mArsene Wenger: It's not easy to move to a new stadium and fight for trophies ARSENAL FC

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