Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal will follow in Chelsea’s footsteps
Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal will continue with their style of playing three at the back
Jamie Redknapp is backing Arsenal to continue with their new formation inspired by Chelsea’s title success.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation after a miserable run of results in the Premier League and the Gunners have been in much improved form since the change.
The north London side have won five of their last six games to keep their faint hopes of finishing in the top four this season alive.
Tottenham have also moved to a three-at-the-back formation in recent weeks.
Redknapp believes that Antonio Conte deserves credit for first introducing the system to the Premier League this season with his tactical change to help Chelsea win the title.
And Redknapp believes that the new formation has suited Arsenal in recent weeks.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “First it was Chelsea, then Tottenham and now Arsenal who have benefited from playing a back three.
“It is no coincidence that Arsenal have won six of their seven matches since adopting the system.
“Playing three at the back gives you an extra central defender while against Stoke, wing backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal were particularly threatening going forward.
“Managers are like sheep. Now Antonio Conte has become the first boss to win the Premier League with this system, we will see more managers adopting it.”
Arsenal will take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley at the end of the month.