Having a manager who uses different systems for different games, and sometimes two or three formations within a single game, has been something Arsenal fans have had to get used to following Unai Emery’s appointment last year.
The Spaniard likes to prepare his teams with the opposition mind, but has no compunction in making changes during the 90 minutes if he feels that’s appropriate.
And ahead of tonight’s Premier League encounter with Newcastle, the boss has expanded on his ideas and outlined how beneficial both Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are to his plans.
“I think we are taking a good performance using a different system and different players,” he said. “For example, we started the last two matches playing 3-4-1-2.
“But we finished it playing 3-4-3, with players helping us in the 90th minute with a different system and different positions. We need to continue doing that.
“Maybe we can start with one system, maybe during the match we can change and the best positive is for all the players to be ready to help us, with a good mentality for work like we need each time.”
As for the players, both of whom have spent periods of this season out of the team, it seems like Emery has a better understanding of the qualities they bring.
“At first I used information from last year or the last two years. Mesut can play like a No 10 player, or starting on the right or left, in a different system, and he has a good mentality.
“And also Aaron Ramsey can play in a system with two or three midfielders, getting more in the opposition box.
“I used this information with this player and I think this player’s mind is very open to help us, to play in different positions and give us a big performance.
“He has a very good attitude to do that.”
Ramsey and Ozil started in our last Premier League game, and assuming the Welshman’s thigh problem has cleared up fully, you’d expect them to line-up from the off when we face the Magpies later on.