Arsenal have officially signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but questions remain over which system manager Arsene Wenger will deploy to get the most out of the pair.
The Frenchman has lined up with a back four for almost the entire duration of his time in north London but switched to a three-man defence after his team’s 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace in April. Following the change, Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup with a 3-4-3 formation, overcoming Manchester City in the last four and then Chelsea in the final.
Wenger admitted last month that his preference is to play with four at the back. “It is my preferred system,” he said after last month’s 6-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League. “But I adjust always what suits the players, the quality of the players, the balance of the team.”