Arsene Wenger says his preferred defensive set-up is a back four, despite the fact he’s been playing with a back three since last season.
The Gunner switched formation in an attempt to halt a terrible run of form and have stuck with it since, but the Arsenal manager used a back four in the 6-0 win over BATE Borisov and reverted to that when Shkodran Mustafi went off injured against Man Utd last weekend.
On top of the 33 attempts on goal they had against Jose Mourinho’s side, Arsenal had 23 against the Belarusian side, highlighting the benefits of an extra man further forward, and the 68 year old made it clear this was his preference.
“It’s my preferred system, four at the back,” he said, “but I adjust always to what suits the players best, the quality of the players, the balance of the team.
“I changed against Man United, because we were 2-0 down and put an offensive player on because we had to come back. But it can change.”
On the United game, Wenger continued, “We had a very strong creative performance with a high, high number of expected goals. And we had a poor defensive performance.
“I felt it took our players time to get into the game.”
It remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the back four for Southampton on Sunday, but sooner or later it feels like he’ll go back to what he feels most comfortable with.