Will Arsenal stick with 3-4-2-1 for next season?

Arsenal enjoyed a switch in formation towards the end of the season, but it remains to be seen whether the club will stick with the new system going into the new season.

Arsene Wenger confirmed his new two-year contract yesterday, which will see him remain in control of the squad for the new season, and the Frenchman has been ordered to improve his transfer dealings after a long-drawn out transfer window last summer.

Wenger will now have to decide whether he will be sticking with the newly-fashionable 3-4-2-1, sported by last terms top two in the table, as well as used in our last 10 matches, including our FA Cup final win over Premier League champions Chelsea.

It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will stick with the knew formation going into the new season, with the switch believed to have been made in order to bring stability to our defence, but the new system has also worked wonders for our attacking line, and looks likely to stay.

Should this system stay in place, that could well pose a huge threats to a number of key players places in the squad, with more numbers needed in defence and midfield, than in the attacking roles.

This summer’s transfer arrivals may well prove the biggest inclination as to whether we will be staying in the current formation, with a new defender needed to come in and play centre-back, and a top striker needed this summer.

Theo Walcott could well find himself losing his place in the squad, although that could well stem on the futures of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who are both linked with the exit door, and both only have one year left on their contracts.

Will Wenger stick with our FA Cup winning formula? Could players become available to change his plans?

Pat J

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  1. Nebsy says:

    343 will bring us back to top four, should we find proper replacements for Sanchez and Ozil as I’m beyond sure a top striker will not join Arsenal this term.
    I hope we get Mahrez as Sanchez replacement. I reckon he’s the best solution out there for us realistically.
    I don’t know about who can be brought in to replace Ozil. Maybe Sigurdsson? He had an amazing season with Swansea, actually had better stats then Ozil this term. Those two can keep us afloat to, at least, not slip even further down the ranks.

    1. Arsenal FC says:

      According to reports Bayern have dropped their interest in Sanchez due to his wage demands.Looks like Chelsea or City now for him and strong rumors saying it will be the latter.You can just see the headlines end of 17/18 season”SANCHEZ FIRES CITY TO EPL TITLE”.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        He wont be sold to city, no chance.

        1. Arsenal FC says:

          Ok Chelsea then.We all no for a fact that Arsenal will never allow Sanchez and Ozil to see out their contracts and go on a free next year(unless the players do that them selves).If i was a betting man(which i’m not)i say Sanchez will prefer to hook up with his former manager and go to City and Arsenal will say thank you for the 50 big smackeroos.

        2. ArseOverTit says:

          remember Sol Campbell?!

        3. bran99 says:

          we said the same for Van Persie, he won’t be sold to United. guess what happened and also guess who won the league the following season

    2. dubemski says:

      please mate, only watch d game and leave d analysis to the professionals..if i say ur opinion is sheet, take it from me its a compliment..

  2. Tas says:

    Yes we will stick to 3-4-2-1 they will ask for three some big club will offer 4 we will offer 2 and £1 on top

  3. McLovin says:

    Probably not. Wenger hates being proven wrong, like he did with the 4-2-3-1 formation. He will probably stick with it until we are out of title race.

    House Wenger, Warden of the Warchest,
    lords: Arsene Wenger, first of his name
    sigil: Fist tightly grabbing a pound
    words: “Pride before fall”

  4. ArseOverTit says:

    How many days left Robin?

    Feel like I’m a prisoner doing time now. Must scratch a mark on the wall everyday to remind ourselves we are one day closer to freedom.

    1. Tas says:

      Count down clock on just Arsenal ?

      1. Another day another $ says:


        Above would be awesome

  5. Yossarian says:

    Yes, we should stick with the 3-4-2-1, but that’s not good enough on it’s own…

    Conte’s Chelsea formation was starting to get found-out by opponents last season, so to keep it effective, he will need to develop somewhat. Man Utd and Man City will go into next season with a re-vamped-teams and re-vamped tactics, so they will be right up-there by April 2018.

    Our problem is that by November, when the big-boys in our League start getting into their stride and the fine-tuning is done, we’ll start looking predictable and vulnerable, because we’ll still be playing exactly like the previous season.

    Wenger doesn’t think-on-his-feet to adjust & develop quickly enough to keep-up with more modern football managers at the top-level, and that will be Arsenal’s continued downfall. The only hope is if we sign some miracle players that can carry the team with individual performances, but that’s not looking likely either.

  6. sam-afc says:

    if we sell Alexis to either City or Chelski….. I’m done with football, end of

    1. tas says:

      sam-afc if Sanchez was 25 or so then ill join you but his nearly 29 and has 2-3 years left in him if we can get 60M sell him if he wants to go

      1. bran99 says:

        strengthening opponents is not a good thing, when Man U or Chelsea or Man city sells us their players, you’ll only get Welbeck and Sylvester type of flops, but we give them Van Persie, A. Cole, Sanchez etc. they always go on to win the league while for us, the money goes straight to Wenger’s salary increment for next season.. so don’t be excited for the 60m you just talked about

        1. Tas says:

          bran99 just tring to confort a felow gooner

  7. Guneal says:

    He will definitely stick to it.

    He doesn’t have the balls to change easily you know.

  8. yagoonersya says:

    3421 with Onyekuru, welbeck,Giriod, Asano and sanogo plenty of options upfront wenger has already said team is strong come on we beat champions!

    1. Break-on-through says:


      And Onyekuru in, Walcott out.

      1. bran99 says:

        thought he said he’ll buy 2 players, Onyekuru and the left back.. do we have to learn how to count too?

  9. Break-on-through says:

    When we’re at home against the bottom twelve clubs I don’t see him using this formation. Away from home against top teams and against tall aerial teams he might use it to give us the extra height and defensive numbers. I think that would be the right thing to do. But next we need to see him make a formation change during a match, personally I think 442 stands up well against the 343, if a team seems to have found a chink in the armor he needs to react to it.

  10. Franko says:

    Lots of scenarios with this system. Get these new players and we would challenge big time next season. We could mix it up for different games.

    —————-Mustafi – Mert/ – Kos

    Chamberlain – Ramsey – Xhaka – Kolosinaic

    ————-Mahrez/Ozil – Sanchez/


    SUB: GK, Welbeck, Giroud, Gibbs, Iwobi, Onyekuru, Holding, Monreal, Jean Michael Seri, Goretzka


    —————Holding – Mert – Monreal

    Bellerin – Jean Michael Seri – GORETZKA – Gibbs

    Iwobi – Onyekuru/


  11. looney says:

    Yeah, Absolutely! We need to stick with this formation. If you observe closely, you’ll see that Wenger’s 3-4-2-1 is much more fluid than Chelsea’s primarily because of the role of Ramsey who has the energy to play as an attacking midfielder and a false 9. We need to get players who would fit the system even better. Cazorla and Xhaka are very good as deep lying playmakers. We do need a Cazorla replacement cuz of his ability to play in tight spaces and the only 2 players I know of who are capable of playing like him are Isco and Thiago. Of course we can’t possibly get those. Ramsey is a pretty good marauding midfielder and the only other person in our team capable of playing this role is Wilshere if only he can stay fit (My heart breaks for him just like it did for Rosicky and Diaby). Wilshere even has the added advantage of being able to move and dribble at speed with the ball and some of our best tiki-taka plays have involved him(I’ll never clamor for him to be sold). So we need another signing there. Mahrez isn’t a bad option to have as a backup to Ozil and Sanchez. The biggest conundrum has to be the striking department. We have 2 great strikers both with obvious deficiencies. Everything about Welbeck but the actual scoring is good while Giroud’s scoring is great but requires so much assistance from those around him. They are great options to have on the bench depending on the opponent. We do however need someone with that all round play. That’s why Henry was so perfect. The strikers I see as capable of that are in the biggest clubs already(please don’t mention Lukaku). All in all, our transfer business will determine the way we are going to play.

    1. Carlos Da Silva says:

      Mahrez can sort out the striking department aswell because we can have Sanchez up top with Ozil and Mahrez behind him.

  12. ManMulo says:

    Against stubborn teams What do you guys think of having Sanchez and Mahrez/Dybala on the wings and Ozil in between with a proper striker Icardi/Morata up top that’s if we play 4-2-3-1

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