Arsene Wenger considers ditching Arsenal back four and continuing with 3-4-3 like rivals Tottenham and Chelsea


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ARSENE WENGER is considering switching to a back three for good – like rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.

The Gunners boss opted for a 3-4-3 in the win over Middlesbrough, the first time he has switched from a back four since 1997.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte adopted the style after a defeat against Arsenal in September left the Blues reeling.

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And the league leaders have not looked back since, although a recent dip in form suggests teams may have adapted to facing them.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength under Mauricio Pochettino who has used a back three to get the best out of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Wenger’s next chance to use to system would be in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, who will provide a much sterner test than struggling Boro.

Asked about the possibility, the Frenchman said: “It is an option but you will understand if I don’t tell you now!

“The definition of a good football player is that he is adaptable to situations.

“It is 11 vs 11 and you have billions of possible situations.

How Arsenal lined up against Middlesbrough

How Arsenal lined up against Middlesbrough

Arsene Wenger was rewarded for his shift in formation to 3-4-3 against Middlesbrough

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Wenger was rewarded for his shift in formation to 3-4-3 against Middlesbrough

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“If you are not adaptable you are not a top player.”

The Daily Mail claim Wenger first toyed with the idea of playing three centre-backs in 2012 but pulled the plug after working on the change in training.

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