‘The dynamic depends on the individuals’

The stats since we moved to a 3-4-3 formation make for a compelling case: 10 games played, nine won, 20 goals scored and just seven conceded.

But while Arsene Wenger is pleased with the way we ended the season, he insists the result of a match ultimately comes down to who the better team is - rather than the system they use.

“The system basically is the way you spread your forces on the football field,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “After, it has one basis: basically the position of each player is the house you have to come back to when you have gone somewhere else.

“After, the dynamic, the way the different forces on the pitch interconnect, that depends on the game, on characteristics and on the strength of the player.

“For example, it’s different if you put Gabriel on the right side as opposed to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Of course it becomes a different animation and a different system. With Gabriel, we become more solid defensively. With Oxlade-Chamberlain, you will be more dangerous in the final third.

“It depends on how the system is functioning. The dynamic depends on the individual qualities and characteristics of the players.”


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