Keown: This Wenger decision is key to Arsenal revival, 28-yr-old is the problem
By Russell Edge
Martin Keown has heralded Arsene Wenger’s new playing system as the secret behind the Gunners’ recent upturn in form.
Wenger has changed to playing three players in defence and the move appears to have worked for the North London side, having won five out of six matches under the new system.
Prior to the change, Wenger had always chosen to operate with four at the back, and former Gunner Keown claims that teams had figured out how to play against Wenger’s side.
He also urged the French manager to continue operating this new formation in the final few games of the season.
He wrote on the Daily Mail website: “Arsenal played the same way for so long they became predictable.
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“Now teams are having to work out how to play against them. The system has helped Arsenal and they should persist with it.”
Keown claims that the change in formation works due to the amount of players willing to put in the defensive work at the back.
However, he did voice some concerns about playmaker Mesut Ozi, 28, who does not seem to demonstrate the same work ethic required for the system to work.
“This system suits players with great athleticism,” he wrote on the Daily Mail website.
“Up the pitch, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are working hard to win the ball back.
“They have five players in the back line who are getting back to defend plus the two in midfield.
“I still think there is a problem with Ozil not working hard enough off the ball.”
Arsenal remain in a fight for fourth place, although know they need to pick up as many points as possible in order to be in with a chance come the end of the season.
Wenger’s side can continue their good form when they make the trip up north to take on Stoke on Saturday.
In other Arsenal news, the agent of one of their stars has given an update on his transfer future.