Is A Three Man Back Line The Answer?

The hottest formation on world football these days is a three-man back line and there are some reports that Arsene Wenger is considering dropping the traditional back-four in favor of a three at the back system to solve Arsenal‘s defensive problems.

After starting the season of strong defensively, Arsenal have taken a huge step backwards recently, conceding 12 goals in their last four games.

Using three at the back, in theory Arsenal will get their three best defenders, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen on the pitch at the same time. I would expect then that Sagna and Gibbs would move up into a wing-back position as none of the midfielders are strong enough defensively to play that position.

If Wenger and Bould can get Koscielny and Vermaelen back on track, the formation could work. But if they both continue to play like they have this season, it will not matter if Wenger goes with three at the back or six at the back. Arsenal will continue to leak goals until these two start playing like they did last season.

What do you think about Arsenal potentially going to a three-man back line? Good move or a sign of panic?

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