Former Arsenal defender Sebastian Squillaci has admitted that his time at the club was a tough spell in his career.
The France international managed only 26 appearances over three years at the Emirates, meaning he dropped right to the bottom of the pecking order.
The centre-back was eventually released by Arsene Wenger at the end of this summer, and the 33-year-old has since joined Ligue 1 outfit Bastia on a free transfer.
And the former Sevilla man admitted that he was unfit to play for the Gunners following the harsh 2010 World Cup regime.
Speaking to French reporters, Squillaci said: "When I joined Arsenal in summer 2010, I just came from the World Cup in South Africa and I didn't have any pre-season preparation. I was the number three defender but Vermaelen got injured and I had to play."
Squillaci admitted that he was frequently not match fit, but never gave up during his tough spell in London, despite intense criticism from angry fans.
"I had a good first two months, but in December it was very difficult. I was exhausted physically and I was not good.
"Training sessions when you don't play any more? Sometimes it was difficult indeed, but it is my job.
"I could not go to training sessions without any enthusiasm. Your team-mates need strong opposition. I could not give up - even if I didn't always have a great state of mind," he added.
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