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Football: Injury-hit Arsenal must revert to a back three to stifle City's wing wonders

Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at the Emirates stadium in London, Britain, on Jan 29, 2019.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Cardiff City at the Emirates stadium in London, Britain, on Jan 29, 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Short on defenders, Arsenal should use a back three to stifle City wingers and spring counters

It is a barometer of progress. Unai Emery's Arsenal bow was against Manchester City. Six months after City cruised to a 2-0 victory, they meet again at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

While the champions' title chances were dented by Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Newcastle United, the burden of proof lies with the visitors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'Emery must get tactics spot on'. Print Edition | Subscribe