By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger believes Sebastien Squillaci’s experience means he can lead the Arsenal defence.

In only his sixth appearance for the first team Squillaci captained the side against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and has since gone on to play an integral role at the heart of the Arsenal back four.

Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou have both helped to fill the gap left by Thomas Vermaelen’s injury but Squillaci leads the way with 18 starts in all competition and Wenger believes the 30-year-old can continue to marshal the Arsenal back line.

“I play him a lot because he has the experience, he can lead the defence,” said the manager.

“Yes, Squillaci can play but Vermaelen will not be out for the whole season. Djourou has come back to a good level overall, and so has Koscielny. We have Song who can play in there too if it is needed.

“We are a team with an offensive philosophy and maybe at home we go overboard with that but I still feel that in the last games we were punished every time we made a single mistake defensively, that will not always be the case.

Despite keeping only three Premier League clean sheets this season, Wenger is content with his defensive options - and that means no signings in January.

“Overall, I believe we have what is needed,” added Wenger. “I hope we will get Vermaelen back, which gives us four central defenders plus Song. That should be enough.”

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7 Dec 2010