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Three-man defence not a long term plan - Wenger

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 18/04/2017

Three-man defence not a long term plan - Wenger

Arsène Wenger has said using a three-man defence is "not a long-term plan" but believes his tactical change worked well against Middlesbrough.

The manager selected three centre-halves for the first time since his very first season in charge – back in 1997 – although he is unsure whether he will stick with the system for the weekend's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The underfire manager in a post-match reaction said: "I don't know, I just felt that sometimes the team needs to believe in something new, something different, just to find a bit of confidence back," the boss told Arsenal Player after the 2-1 win.

"Overall I felt that it worked quite well today because we won the game.

"We had practiced on it before at some stage, (but) we like offensive football so this was a bit more defensive-minded for us.

"I feel overall it is not a long-term plan, but punctually it can work." Wenger told Arsenal Player.

Mesut Ozil struck a second-half winner after slamming home a fine half-volley following Aaron Ramsey's chested ball into his path as we recorded their first away win in the league since January.