Wenger 'willing to change Arsenal tactics'
Arsene Wenger has rejected the suggestion he is too stubborn to change Arsenal’s tactics regardless of results, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the manager pointing to an example in the FA Cup win of 2005.
The Gunners beat Manchester United on penalties in the final, the last trophy they claimed, and Wenger said at a Press conference this week that the game is a case where he has switched the team’s approach, opting for a defensive style.
“We did not deserve to win. It was the only way we could win it,” Wenger said of the final. “At the start, I didn't set up like that and suddenly Manchester United were all over us and I realised that physically we were not able to compete, so I said, ‘OK let's defend as long as we can'.”
Wenger added he hasn’t felt the need to do something similar this season. “We have always tried to attack because we have a team that has that ability,” the manager argued. “What has been strange this season is that for a long time we looked very strong defensively, we had an outstanding defensive record, and we lost it suddenly. That's the surprise of the season for me.”
Arsenal are currently fourth in the table but were top a few weeks ago. They lost 3-0 at Goodison Park to Everton in their last outing and should the Toffees win their game in hand, they would overtake Arsenal and claim the final Champions League qualification place with only a handful of games left in the season.
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