Arsene Wenger has a decision to make this weekend (Picture: Getty)
The Gunners meet City at Wembley on Sunday for the second of this season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and there has been some speculation over how Wenger might set his team up.
The Frenchman made the surprise change to three at the back in Monday’s win over Middlesbrough, with the new system proving a success as the club ended a torrid patch of form.
Mesut Ozil lacks the defensive nous for a 3-4-3, says Martin Keown (Picture: Getty)
However, Keown is cautious that such a system might not be so successful against a team of City’s quality, as it would require Ozil to step up his defensive efforts in order to support the deeper central midfielders.
‘Arsenal could easily become outnumbered in midfield if they play with a three,’ Keown told the Daily Mail.
Manchester City (N) FA Cup – Sun 23 Apr
Leicester (H) – Wed 26 Apr
Tottenham (A) – Sun 30 Apr
Manchester United (H) – Sun 7 May
Southampton (A) – Wed 10 May
Stoke (A) – Sat 13 May
Sunderland (H) – Tue 16 May
Everton (H) – Sun 21 May
‘City’s wingers – Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling – will pin Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all the way back.
‘It would leave Arsenal’s two central midfielders up against Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho. Arsenal would need Mesut Ozil to drop back into midfield to help out but I do not know if he is equipped to do that.
‘It would be safer for Arsenal to play with a four. They can push their defensive line higher to reduce the space between the midfield and the defence.’