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New Arsenal Formation Is Not A 'Definite System': Arsene Wenger

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18:  Tony Mowbray coach of Celtic looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League qualifying match between Celtic and Arsenal at Celtic Park on August 18, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Owen WatsonCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2009

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he plans to use a more traditional 4-4-2 formation in some games, despite the success his team has enjoyed with the new system.


"We have played a 4-3-3 formation early in the season and there are many benefits from it," Wenger told Sky Sports. "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," he added.


Arsenal have scored 10 goals in two Premier League games, but only one of these has been scored by a striker. Wenger is unconcerned by this and insists it reflects the teams style of play.


"It tells me that we have a game where we attack from everywhere," he explained "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."


On potential recruits, Wenger has ruled out strengthening his attacking options but hinted he may look to purchase a defensive player if the right one becomes available.


"We are not desperate because if you look at the players who are out and those who are available, it shows that we have a big squad," said the Arsenal manager.


"Maybe in the defensive area we could still do something, but everybody looks at basically the same places."



This article was first published on Goal.com

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