By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes that the Premier League has undergone a tactical revolution since his arrival in England in 1996.

The Frenchman inherited an Arsenal team accustomed to a 4-4-2 formation but this has been adapted over time into the 4-3-3 system that is utilised today.

This mirrors the change that has taken place across the top flight and Wenger says it has had far-reaching consequences for forwards.

“When I arrived in England I would say there was one rigid formation, 4-4-2,” he told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“Today teams are more versatile, they can go to three defenders, five defenders, they can go to 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3, 4-5-1, all kinds of variants. I think the formations teams use are much more flexible than 15 years ago, more adaptable.

“So yes, evolution has happened, aided by a lot of European games and the influence of foreign players. You can call it evolution, but to reduce it to an overall point you would say the midfield has been strengthened and the attack has been weakened.”

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10 Oct 2012