Sebastien Squillaci gives damning verdict on club's philosophy, says this will never change under Arsene Wenger

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The former Gunners man says the club will always concede too many goals as Wenger's attacking approach leaves the defence too exposed.

Former Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci has told beIN Sport that the club will always concede too many goals as Arsene Wenger's attacking philosophy leaves the defence too exposed, as quoted by the Daily Express.

The French centre-back endured a torrid three years at the Emirates, being panned by fans and critics for series of poor performances and high-profile mistakes in his debut season and playing a total of just seven matches in the following two years after falling down the pecking order.

In contrast to his time in England, throughout the rest of his career in France and Spain the 35-year-old has generally been regarded as a solid, dependable figure at the back

Squillaci, who won 21 caps from France between 2004 and 2010, believes his spell in London was made more difficult by the philosophy implemented by his compatriot Wenger, and says Arsenal will always concede too many goals under the manager as he plays a brand of football which leaves the defence too open.

Squillaci told beIN Sports, as quoted by the Express: "It’s true a lot was expected from me when I arrived. But it’s always been difficult for central defenders at Arsenal. You can see that from before my time and after my time.

"The style of play was a bit like Spain's. It was very open, and often we found ourselves defending in the middle one-on-one with the opposition attackers. It was never easy. It was very attacking. But that was the club’s philosophy.

"I talked about it with coach Wenger. He told me, ‘I know it’s difficult, but I want us to play like this, I want the attacking players to have more freedom and less defensive work.' Arsenal conceded goals before I came, they conceded goals after I left, and they’ll concede in the future."

Squillaci's words will likely ring true with Arsenal fans, who have seen their title charge this season falter in recent times thanks to results such as defeats at Manchester United and at home to Swansea City and high-scoring draws against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

No other side in the Premier League's top five has conceded more goals in the league this season than Arsenal's 33 in 32 games, although that is perhaps something which can be attributed as much to injuries preventing the club holding down a stable defence as to Wenger's style of football.

The Gunners take on Crystal Palace at home on Sunday.

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