Niall Quinn: Wenger needs to sacrifice Arsenal's style

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Former Arsenal forward Nial Quinn has called on his old club to show more versatility in attack.

Former Arsenal striker Niall Quinn told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Arsene Wenger needs to make a concession over his philosophy at the club.

Quinn felt Arsenal were trying to score the perfect goal in the defeat against Swansea last night, while questioning whether Francis Coquelin has the long term potential to be the club’s authoritative midfielder in front of the back four.

“Arsenal seem to try and score the perfect goal so often – I think Wenger needs to sacrifice the idealistic style – What you need to ask is (over Coquelin); put Matic into that side and how much better would they look?” he said.

It’s understandable why Wenger likes his team to play possession based and high pressure football because the side has the squad to exploit that style of play.

In matches where the opposition backs off and defends deep, Arsenal have plenty of creative players who are well suited to getting stuck in and finding that killer pass, which creates a goal.

In terms of Coquelin’s ability in the holding role, it’s a bit naïve to judge him after one performance and credit has to go to Swansea for how effectively they defended under pressure.

Coquelin has shown at times this season that he can be effective against some of the best attacks in the Premier League, with his performance against Manchester City away the obvious example which comes to mind.

There is rightful frustration in the minds of anyone connected to Arsenal this morning and hopefully next time the Gunners play against a team, which backs off and defends deep, the side can prevail with a big win.

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