Wenger's keeping his formation flexible
PUBLISHED: 16:47 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:24 07 September 2010
Arsene Wenger says he will flip between a 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2 formation after the Gunners stunning start to their Premier League campaign. His side have netted ten times in two outings and the Arsenal manager admits he cannot remember a more emphatic start
Arsene Wenger says he will flip between a 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2 formation after the Gunners stunning start to their Premier League campaign.
His side have netted ten times in two outings and the Arsenal manager admits he cannot remember a more emphatic start to a season.
But despite playing 4-3-3 for those wins over Everton and Portsmouth, he concedes injuries and tactical tweaks may see him revert to a four-man midfield over the coming weeks.
"We have played a 4-3-3 formation early in the season and there are many benefits from it," said Wenger prior to the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Glasgow Celtic on Wednesday night.
"But it is not a definite system - it can change in some games and I might move to a 4-4-2.
"At the start of the season, I wanted to play high up the pitch, making a threat in the opponents half early in the game.
"We like to do that, because we are an attacking team and it gives us the opportunity to use our character."
And despite only one of those 10 goals coming from a recognised striker - Croatia hit-man Eduardo - the manager says he is happy to see the team share the goalscoring burden, with defender William Gallas netting three times in league and cup prior to the return game against the Scottish Premier League side.
"It tells me that we have a game where we attack from everywhere," the Arsenal manager added.
"Our strikers at the moment are providers. For me, in a good team everybody can score and a good striker scores and provides.
"At the moment they provide more than they score, but I know that Eduardo and Robin van Persie will score so I am very happy that at the moment they do not score and we still score goals.
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