Wenger on the back four and ‘relief’ at a win

Arsene Wenger says that sticking with a back four is a possibility as he continues to try and get his team to be more efficient up front.
Taking a man out of the defence and using a replacement further forward should make us more dangerous, but as yesterday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle demonstrated, there’s still work to be done in that regard.
Asked about the formation, and whether he’d stay with what is his preferred set-up at the back, the manager told the official site, “It’s possible, yes.
“I think we were mobile at the back, built the game up well and it gives us one more player to go forward.
“When you don’t score as much as you want, sometimes you look at every single thing and that is why I went for it.”
The Gunners had 23 attempts but only one one goal to show for it. What a goal it was too, and Wenger admitted his relief as his team hung on to take the win.
“I knew before the game that this is a tricky one because we play three games in six days and that we have not rotated a lot,” he said.
“So I thought it could be a tricky one, but as well the three points tonight are a relief for the team and overall we deserved it.”

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