By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has expressed his delight with Arsene Wenger’s decision to play with three at the back.
Gibbs played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United on the weekend which keeps their top four hopes alive.
Despite being outclassed and outfought in the north London derby against Tottenham last week, Wenger decided to stick with the 3-4-3 formation for Sunday’s game at the Emirates Stadium and it was a success as it gave the French manager his first ever league win over Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to the official club website after the game, Gibbs was eager to point out that the system played a massive part in the victory.
“I think the formation is good for the team,” he stated.
“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.”
Arsenal suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last month and Wenger decided to switch to a back three for the away game at Middlesborough which ended in a 1-2 win.
The Gunners beat Manchester City with the same formation to reach the FA Cup final and although the loss against Tottenham shows there are still weaknesses, Gibbs insists that his side are always looking to improve.
“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,” he concluded.
Arsenal face Southampton in the league on Wednesday night and Wenger is set to stick with the desired formation which has seen four wins in five games.