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Sunday 24 September 2017

Three's company

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny
Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes playing three at the back has given the team a new lease of life under Arsene Wenger.

Wenger fielded a defensive trio for the second match running on Sunday and it paid off as the Gunners beat Manchester City 2-1 to book an FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea.

Arsenal had not looked entirely comfortable in their new 3-4-3 formation the previous week, when they ground out a 2-1 win over struggling Middlesbrough, but they were dogged and determined against City, qualities they have so often lacked this season.

It means they have now registered back-to-back wins for the first time since January and rejuvenation would be timely given they host Leicester on Wednesday, before a crunch north London derby against Tottenham four days later.

Koscielny said: "There was a tactical turnaround but we have been working on it for 15 days. The system suits certain players but it's also good for the whole team. I think we have also found more confidence in this system with three defenders."

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