3-4-3 has taken the Premier League by storm this season. Rather tellingly, the formation has been used most frequently by the two sides at the top of the table, whilst three-at-the-back systems have been attempted by all-but three of the division’s twenty clubs on at least one occasion this term.
That includes Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger fielding the club’s first three-man defence since 1997 following a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, which has since inspired a run of four wins in five games and helped the Gunners reach the FA Cup final.
One of the real heroes of the new system has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has thoroughly excelled as the Gunners’ right wing-back.
As shown above, the England international has produced arguably the strongest form of his Arsenal career – a refreshing deviation from an otherwise largely underwhelming Gunners tenure which has seen the 23-year-old jostled around a variety of midfield roles without truly excelling.
With that in mind, we asked Arsenal fans earlier this week whether right wing-back is now Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position and although the result of our recent poll was by no means conclusive, his latest role received the most votes by quite some distance.
Good news for Oxlade-Chamberlain, then, who has seemingly finally found a home in 3-4-3. But should Arsenal continue with the system long-term? Let us know by commenting below…