Arsenal sign French international defender

PUBLISHED: 17:21 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 26 August 2010

France's defender Sebastien Squillaci  (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

France's defender Sebastien Squillaci (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Le boss dusts off his chequebook for centre-back

ARSENAL have completed the signing of France centre-back Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla.

Reports suggest the 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and changed hands for a fee worth around £6.5 million.

Squillaci, who played in the disastrous World Cup 2010 campaign for France, will not play against Blackburn on Saturday but is eligible for the Champions League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “We needed a centre-back of quality and experience and at the right price - he was all of that.”

He added: “He will train with us on Friday morning but will not be involved on Saturday. 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.”

The Gunners boss remained coy on any further transfer targets saying: “We are where we are - we have four great keepers and it is important we give confidence to them for the next game.

“I do not rule it out but at the moment I say I am not in a position to sign anybody. At the moment, it is all dead.”

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