Sebastien Squillaci on improving and adapting to the English game
Written by Renzo on September 25, 2010 4:00
Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci has been impressive for the Gunners in the first part of the season but believes there is still room for improvement in his game.
Speaking ahead of today’s game against West Bromwich Albion, the 30-year old believes the best is yet to come after he successfully recovered from a bad ankle injury he suffered last season. The Frenchman – who can score from set pieces if needed – added how he feels well, fit and ready to improve the physical and awareness aspect of his game.
Together with Laurent Koscielny, the former Sevilla centre back showed how right Arsene Wenger was in signing him as he produced solid performances against Bolton and Sunderland in the English Premier League and also against S.C. Braga in the Champions League.
On settling down in England, the defender concluded by saying how past games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in Europe gave him an idea of how fast the game is, adding how it is very physical but at the same time incredible and enjoyable.
On his game, Squillaci 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, always try to play simple, good passing.
I have scored a few headers on set-pieces, so I can help there too.
I knew what English football was like from playing against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the Champions League through the years.
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.