Arsenal have been struggling for goals this season with only a handful of teams scoring less than Mikel Arteta’s side and Nigel Winterburn suggests the Gunners boss will eventually look to adopt a more attack-minded formation. Arteta has helped steady the ship at the Emirates since taking over from Unai Emery midway through last season.
They were particularly impressive in the Premier League restart, which included wins over Liverpool as well as Manchester City and Chelsea to lift the FA Cup.
Part of Arteta’s success has been down to the change in formation which has seen him adopt different variations of a 3-4-3 line-up.
There has been a free-flowing nature to Arsenal’s style of play under Arteta with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Willian given the freedom to roam.
But there has also been a clear approach to focus more on the defensive side of the game, with the Gunners having one of the best records in terms of goals conceded so far.
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However, that has in turn limited Arsenal’s attacking prowess with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling to be as prolific as usual.
Arsenal icon Winterburn believes Arteta will eventually switch to playing four at the back in a more traditional defensive line-up.
But he insists an emphasis on being more attack-minded won’t come by just simply a change in the formation.
“My gut feeling is Arsenal will eventually switch to a back four,” Winterburn told the Metro.
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“When Mikel Arteta came in he started with a back four and switched to a back three as it was unstable.
“It really shouldn’t affect the way you approach, the chances you create, it’s all about belief, it’s all about possession.
“Whether you want to press or sit, how far you want to travel with the ball and your combination passing.
“It’s a combination of things [to improve chance creation], you have to decide when you’re playing against teams whether you are going to try and press high and win the ball back earlier, which is always going to give you more opportunity because you’re in advanced areas so you don’t have to travel between all departments of the opposition team to create chances.
“If we’re sitting back a little bit, which every team has to do at some stage, it’s the ability to keep possession, but moving through the lines quicker, we’ve got better at it, but against the big teams it’s somewhere we struggle at times.
“When we try and play out of the back we still lose the ball quite quickly, or it breaks down on the halfway line.
“At times, we have done it and cut through teams, but we need to get better at doing that on a regular basis, not only against the big teams but all the teams.”
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