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Arsenal new boss Unai Emery has revealed we could see the partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack next season.
The Spaniard refused to detail his tactical approach during his unveiling last week, though he did identify Mesut Ozil as a future key figure.
Emery adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation while at Sevilla, inspiring them to three successive Europa League titles, with an intensive high press among the main characteristics of their success.
But while at Paris Saint-Germain, the 47-year-old reverted to a possession-based 4-3-3 system after being persuaded to change his philosophy by senior players at the Parc des Princes.
‘Those are my two outlooks from a defensive point of view,’ said Emery, in a newly released interview translated by Get French Football News after his PSG exit.
‘If the ball is in play, you press. If play stops, you reposition yourself. ‘For me, the 4-1-4-1 is the system which facilitates that type of pressing.
The 4-4-2 is designed more and more for zonal positioning. ‘It’s less aggressive, but is more difficult to get past.
That’s the case with Marcelino’s teams, Quique Sanchez Flores’ teams, Saint-Etienne when we last played them.’
He added: ‘I am not ruling out the possibility of a 4-4-2. That’s not the idea that I privilege, but if it allows me to be more competitive, then I’ll go towards it without hesitating. We sometimes used it in Sevilla.’