Wenger: Midfield focus dulls attack

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there has been a tactical revolution in the Premier League and claims the emphasis has now shifted from attack to the midfield.

Football News: Arsene Wenger

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Wenger, who took charge of Arsenal in 1996, is currently one of the longest serving managers in the Premier League and the Gunners boss himself has overseen the transformation of the club from a defensive-minded side to one which regularly thrills fans with their exciting brand of attacking football.

The Frenchman has seen his team go up against many different tactical styles and the former Nagoya Grampus Eight manager has also adapted the team's formation, initially a 4-4-2, to that of a 4-3-3 system.

The 62-year-old, widely credited for revolutionising football in England, recently discussed the changes in the tactics of clubs across the board in the top flight of English football.

Speaking to the official Arsenal Magazine, Wenger said: "When I arrived in England I would say there was one rigid formation, 4-4-2.

"Today teams are more versatile, they can go to three defenders, five defenders, they can go to 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3, 4-5-1, all kinds of variants. 

"I think the formations teams use are much more flexible than 15 years ago, more adaptable.

"So yes, evolution has happened, aided by a lot of European games and the influence of foreign players."

Wenger also admitted that the recent changes in tactics which focus on winning the midfield battle did have a negative impact on the attack.

"You can call it evolution, but to reduce it to an overall point you would say the midfield has been strengthened and the attack has been weakened," Wenger added.

Arsenal, currently seventh in the table, will take on Norwich City in their next league fixture.

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