It seems like a bit of an anticlimax now that Arsene Wenger has finally managed to beat Jose Mourinho in the League, and there is an argument that the fact that Arsenal are now playing the 3-4-3 formation that seems to be favoured by most top managers nowadays.
Admittedly Wenger also seems to pick different players than the ones he used for the old tactics, and one Arsenal player that has suddenly been promoted to the starting line-up is Kieran Gibbs, and he thinks that the new set up was instrumental in us getting our first win over Mourinho.
Gibbs said after the 2-0 win over Man United: “I think the formation is good for the team,”
“After a few defeats sometimes you need to change. It opens up new opportunities for me and I’m happy to have got a few games under my belt.
“That’s always when I feel at my best, when I get a few games. I feel much stronger now.”
Then Gibbs was asked if he thought he was a better player as an attacking left-wing back rather than his usual more defensive role as a left-back, but he didn’t think it was a problem in either situation: “No, I think I can adapt to both to be honest.” he said. “A lot depends on the personnel on the pitch at the time and how well we can adapt to each formation.
“We still need a lot of work on this formation, we haven’t been doing it for long, but we can learn quickly, especially in games like today. We are picking it up quickly.”
It has certainly improved our results on the pitch, but do you think we could have beaten United anyway if we had stuck with four at the back?