Starting Lineup- Arsenal vs Bournemouth- Wenger Adopt The 4-3-3 Formation

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Arsenal play hosts to Bournemouth on Saturday in what is a must-win game following a dismal start to the season.

The Gunners have bagged just three points from their opening three matches, and Arsene Wenger will expect a reaction from the players after their 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool prior to the international break.

Wenger denied he would be abandoning his passing-based philosophy any time soon during his pre-match press conference on Thursday, railing against the assertion that teams should win ugly.

“That’s where I think in England you come to the wrong conclusions always – if England has not won on an international level in over 50 years, it’s maybe time at some stage to come to the right conclusions,” he said.

“To convince people that to win you have to play ugly is for me a wrong debate. If you take the biggest teams in the world, they all play football. Brazil has won how many World Cups? They play football. Germany play football.

“Real Madrid play football, Barcelona play football. Yes, we didn’t play well enough the way we want to play, I agree with you, but to come out to a conclusion that you have to kick the ball into the stand to win football games is the wrong conclusion.

“Do you question yourself? Yes. But not question things that are absolutely not obvious because you lose one game. That’s where I believe it’s important that people around the team continue to believe in what we do. We have a good enough squad to compete.”


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