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Arsenal's Sebastian Squillaci Looks Set for Escape to SC Bastia

Squillaci's time in London has been marked with costly mistakes.
Squillaci's time in London has been marked with costly mistakes.Clive Mason/Getty Images
Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IIJune 14, 2012

SC Bastia is looking at making their return to Ligue 1 a permanent one, and may help Arsenal drop some dead wood from their bench in the process. Reports out of France have the newly-promoted club looking to add center back Sebastian Squillaci to their squad. The report also identified Evian and Brest as two other French clubs eyeing a potential move for the defender.

Squillaci has had two very forgettable years in London. Arsene Wenger will be more than happy to unload the former French international from the club. Squillaci has found himself the focal point of Arsenal fans' frustrations following several poor performances in the 2010-2011 season.

This past season saw Squillaci appear only once in the Premier league as a substitute.

Prior to his £4 million move from Sevilla to Arsenal, Squillaci had a reputation as a solid defender. Sebastian won two Ligue 1 titles with Lyon prior to his move to Sevilla in 2008. He has been part of the French national team during Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010.

With his success prior to moving to London, his inability to perform at Arsenal came as a surprise to many.

His costly mistakes for the Gunners were magnified by their poor timing, and the points Arsenal lost as a result. Despite his poor form in the Premier League, Squillaci is a risk worth taking for Bastia. He was highly successful in his time with Monaco and Lyon. His experience could be a great help to a Bastia squad looking to stay top-flight.

With Arsenal looking to offload salary and players who cannot help in their chase of silverware, Squillaci can be had for a relatively low price.  If a change of scenery helps him find the form he had prior to 2010, then Bastia will have gotten a bargain. In that case, both teams will come out the better for this transfer.

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