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.
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.
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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.
“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.