Arsenal signing ready for physical challenge

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Sebastien Squillaci has vowed to embrace the physicality of the Barclays Premier League after sealing his dream move to Arsenal.

Manager Arsene Wenger has already predicted the French defender will offer his team "some variation at the back", and Squillaci does not intend to shirk any challenges.

The central defender said: "Yes, I do like the duels. I feel it is one of my qualities and here in England there are many duels and it is good to be able to respond physically."

Squillaci sealed his move from Sevilla on Thursday and knows it could take a short time to adjust to the demands of the English game.

But he has a reputation as a tough tackler and could provide a throwback for Arsenal to the days of Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Steve Bould, albeit with the benefit of having played in the French and Spanish leagues.

Squillaci told Arsenal TV Online: "I have played in France, I have played in Spain for two years, I have played internationals and in the Champions League, I am 30 and I have a bit of experience.

"Now I am going to discover a new league. I have played against English teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool so I know what to expect.

"I know it will take some time to adapt to new team-mates and the new game but I hope that it will happen quickly."

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