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Arsenal legend has his say on Arsenal’s new system

Martin Keown has praised Arsenal’s use of the 3-4-3 formation.

Speaking to the Mail he said: “The new system is better for them. Arsenal have won five of their last six games since switching to three at the back.

“Arsenal played the same way for so long they became predictable. Now teams are having to work out how to play against them.

“I have said it before with Chelsea — the system turns the numbers game in your favour. When Arsenal were playing with a back four, they would be hit on the counter attack with just two centre backs and a sitting midfielder in defence.

“Now, they have five players in the back line who are getting back to defend plus the two in midfield.”

He went on to say: “The system has helped Arsenal and they should persist with it.”

He did however have some criticism for Mesut Ozil: “Up the pitch, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are working hard to win the ball back though I still think there is a problem with Ozil not working hard enough off the ball.”




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