Sebastien Squillaci to depart Arsenal?

Arsenal have received a bid for French defender Sebastien Squillaci. The big stopper has been out of favour for both club and country recently and would be looking for a move that could see him playing regular football again.

The Sun reports that newly promoted side, Bastia, want him to return the Lique 1. The 31 year old has previous experience in the French league, playing for both Monaco and Lyon. He was part of the Lyon double winning side in season 2007/08. He also won the Copa Del Rey with Spanish side Sevilla in 2010 before signing a 3 year deal with Premiership side, Arsenal.

Sebastien Squillaci’s 2 years at Arsenal has seen him play 38 games in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. He has 21 caps for France and also qualifies to play for non-FIFA affiliated team Corsica.


Wenger Looks To French Powerhouse To Add Vigour

Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing French International, Olivier Giroud, to strengthen their options going forward ahead of the 2012/13 season. The Montpellier striker has been prolific this season, contributing 25 goals and 9 assists in league and cup and playing an instrumental part in Montpellier’s first ever league championship.

Giroud finished the season as the league’s top scorer and earned himself a call-up to the French preliminary squad for the Euros. Affectionately dubbed as “The Charm Striker” by the French media as a reference to his good looks and personality, on the field the 25 year old is known for his size and physical style of play. Arsene Wenger believes Giroud to be the perfect option to partner Robin Van Persie and add some robust and vigour to his side.

According the The Mirror, Arsenal are ready to offer £6.5 million plus Marouane Chamakh to Montpellier for the Frenchman’s services. Chamakh, 28, has failed to impress at the Emirates since moving on a free transfer in 2010 and is now considered suffice to requirements at the North London club.