After changing to a 3-4-3 formation Arsenal won nine of their ten matches played, netted 20 goals and only conceded seven.

Arsène Wenger is happy with the way that last season finished but insisted that the result of a match ultimately comes down to who the better team is on the day, as opposed to which system they decide to utilise.

The system basically is the way you spread your forces on the football field,” Wenger was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

After, it has one basis: basically the position of each player is the house you have to come back to when you have gone somewhere else.

After, the dynamic, the way the different forces on the pitch interconnect, that depends on the game, on characteristics and on the strength of the player,” the boss stated.

Wenger continued by using an example to illustrate his point, explaining why he picks a specific player in their position against different opposition.

For example, it’s different if you put Gabriel on the right side [of defence] as opposed to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Of course it becomes a different animation and a different system. With Gabriel, we become more solid defensively. With Oxlade-Chamberlain, you will be more dangerous in the final third.

It depends on how the system is functioning. The dynamic depends on the individual qualities and characteristics of the players.

These comments don’t come as much of a surprise from Wenger although they highlight the various decisions that are involved in rotating the squad against different opposition on a regular basis.

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