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Wenger admits he’s “surprised” Arsenal adapted so quickly to his new system

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Arsene Wenger has explained why he thinks Arsenal’s new system is working well following his side’s FA Cup win over Man City.

The Gunners were on a terrible run in the Premier League having lost four away games on the trot going into their match with Middlesbrough on April 17.

But ahead of the fixture Wenger had his team experiment with a new system, which featured three defenders instead of a typical four, on the training ground.

And he bravely put it to the test at the Riverside stadium, where his revitalised Arsenal side ran out 2-1 winners.

Arsenal beat Man City 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-finals while playing three at the back (Photo: REUTERS)

Wenger stuck with the system in their FA Cup semi-final against Man City and watched as his side booked a place in the final.

Speaking to Arsenal Media, the Frenchman admitted he was “surprised” his players adapted to the style of play so quickly.

The Gunners beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside while playing the new system (Photo: Ian MacNicol)

He also attempted to explain why the system has seen his side put a stop to their woeful run of form as they look to get their season back on track.

“I’m surprised how quickly we adapted to the system. We worked on it in training but we had limited time.

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