By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger admits his front-line formula was not right
against Manchester United on Saturday.
After salvaging a 2-2 draw through William Gallas' last-gasp goal, the Arsenal manager said that, without Robin van Persie, the "balance of his side was not right in the final third". The Dutchman has been missing for the past five games because of a knee injury and is unlikely to return until the visit of Wigan on November 24.
"[We missed] not only Van Persie but others," said Wenger. "It looked sometimes like Adebayor was a bit too isolated up there.
"Maybe I could have played Walcott up front, I could have played Eduardo or Nicklas Bendtner. But I went for a different approach. What I mean, honestly, that without Van Persie the balance in the final third was not completely right.
"That's my fault. I'll look at that again. In the final third, we dropped a little bit too much off and that took something out of our game."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Nov 2007