Sébastien Squillaci is among the players who have donned the Arsenal jersey without making a significant impression, having joined the club from Sevilla. Both Spanish side Sevilla and Arsenal have histories of signing players from around Europe and achieving success in their respective domestic competitions.
Squillaci was part of the Arsenal squad from 2010 to 2013 after departing from Sevilla. Unfortunately, his time at the Emirates Stadium is not one that Arsenal supporters fondly remember, and his name is not typically associated with success at the club.
The Frenchman himself recognises that he could have performed better during his time at Arsenal and has shared his insights on his struggles in a recent interview.
Squillaci said, as quoted by Sport Witness:
“I had three difficult years, to be honest. At first, I played a lot, but I didn’t have a great preseason. In the end, if you don’t have very good physical shape in the English league, it is very complicated.
“I played a lot, but after two or three months I was dead. I also lost confidence and it was complicated for me, but this is how it is. It was an experience. For me it is an impressive league and club. I also had good times there.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
We have a high standard at the Emirates that has not changed, so Squillaci could not cope after some error-strewn performance for us.
We have since signed better defenders after he left and we are a better team now, so we did not miss him at all.