Wenger explains how new system has revitalised Arsenal

Date published: Tuesday 25th April 2017 10:21

Arsene Wenger has explained how the switch to a new system has revitalised his Arsenal side.

Wenger switched to a back three in the recent win at Middlesbrough and they played with the same system in Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Man City.

And Wenger believes the new formation has helped his men “forget their anxiety”.

“I believe it gave the players something to focus on and forget their anxiety and uncertainty,” said Wenger,

“Sometimes, when the team doesn’t do well just to focus on something different helps. It’s possible [to play same system against Leicester.]

“The system is adaptable, it is not a strict three at the back.”

Wenger was asked whether the win over Pep Guardiola’s men would boost confidence for the Premier League run-in.

“It will give us a bit more confidence and convince everybody with the right togetherness we can take on anybody,” added Wenger.

“Big games give you confidence. It will give us a lift but we need to keep that level.”

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The Arsenal boss also hailed Sunday’s match-winner Alexis Sanchez.

“He has been remarkably efficient. He had a very good spell when he played up front.

“When he plays on the flank he is more of a provider. He can always turn up with something special.

“He has the individual quality to make the difference,” said Wenger.

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