Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday night in the Premier League could be the turning point in Arsène Wenger’s 20-year reign which has seen the Frenchman oversee 13 seasons without a league title.

Wenger deployed a 3-4-3 tactics in the win at the Riverside Stadium, ditching his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, and the 67-year-old is considering a permanent switch to a back-three following Monday’s morale boosting victory.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has used the system successfully this season, the set-up forming the basis of the Blues’ title tilt as they lead the division with four points with five matches left to play.

Wenger experimented with deploying three central defenders in training in 2012 but the former Monaco boss insisted against utilising the method.

Meanwhile, a full-time switch to 3-4-3 would see Arsenal enter the market for a new central defender this summer with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk already eyed up at the Emirates but Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are much more advanced in their interest of the Holland international.


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