Wenger could deploy back three at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is considering changing the four-man defensive unit that has been ingrained at Arsenal for a generation in favour of a back three, the likes of which has been seen at Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, the Daily Mail has reported.

The newspaper adds that Wenger originally wanted to use the revised formation against Schalke in the Champions League in the wake of Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United in the league days earlier, a game in which the Gunners backline looked somewhat dishevelled. The suggestion however was dropped as it was felt there was not enough time to implement the change.

Arsenal’s back four of a past vintage was one of the club’s defining characteristics, with the unit of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn serving the club from the late 1980s title success of George Graham through to the early days of Wenger’s mid 1990s arrival.

The Mail claims that if Wenger did call for a three-man central defensive with wing-backs either side, Arsenal would line up, from right to left, with Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen and Kieran Gibbs, if Wenger could call on his first-choice line-up.

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