By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has defended Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny for their part in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat against Tottenham.

The duo were criticised after Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip and conceded the winner from a set piece, but Wenger has shown his support to the Frenchmen who have become an established pairing at the heart of the Arsenal backline this season.

Wenger feels they limited the away side to very few chances at the weekend and, while admitting one of them could have stopped Younes Kaboul’s match-winning header, insists their individual performances were good.

"I watched the game again carefully and I don't think the centre backs had a bad game because Tottenham didn't create many chances,” said Wenger.

"The goals came from a break from our free kick when the two centre halves were forward. [For] the second goal I don't think they were to blame.

“On the third goal maybe they had something to do with it because they were both on the far post when at least one should have been in the middle. But overall, individually, they played quite well.”

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