Facing arguably the biggest backlash of his lengthy Arsenal tenure, Arsene Wenger did what every great thinker does following a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Crystal Palace – steal a good idea from somebody else.
Indeed, with just a handful of games of the season remaining, the Gunners gaffer finally caved in and joined the 3-4-3 trend that has very much defined the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, introduced by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and mimicked since by the rest of the top six on at least one occasion.
Initially, it provided the shock to the system Arsenal needed to arrest a worrying run of form that had previously seen the north London outfit claim just seven points from eight Premier League fixtures, leading to wins over Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Leicester.
But none were particularly convincing; Arsenal required a masterful Alexis Sanchez free kick to get past Boro, the post, the bar and a wrongful offside to steer clear of City in the FA Cup semi-final and the most fortunate of deflections to nab three points against the Foxes.
Arsenal’s luck ran out last weekend as Tottenham ironically switched to a back four to demolish their new setup in the north London derby. So, now facing a huge clash with Manchester United this weekend, which formation should Wenger keep his faith in 3-4-3 or revert back to 4-2-3-1? Let us know by voting below…