Unai Emery explains his shock decision to set Arsenal up in a back three against Bournemouth

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Unai Emery has explained why he opted to start with a back three for the first time in the Premier League during Arsenal’s clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.

Since arriving in the summer, Emery has always gone with a flat back four, expect for the Europa League tie in Azerbaijan against Qarabag.

 On that occasion he went with a back three, but changed things at half-time and reverted to a flat back four after a disjointed opening 45 minutes from his side.

But despite that, the Spaniard tried out the system once again at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, with Sokratis in the middle of the central three and Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi on either side.

 

It was a decision that surprised fans, with many suggesting that it could be down to the threat that Bournemouth possess down the flanks.

But Emery insisted the change was made to get the best out of his own team, rather than down to anything Bournemouth may have done.

“Our adaptation for them is only 30 percent, and the other 70 percent is for us,” said Arsenal’s head coach

“For how we can improve, how we can use better the position on the pitch – and use our capacity individual and collective.”

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette was left out of the squad for Sunday’s trip to the south coast due to a groin injury.

The France striker trained as usual yesterday at London Colney during Arsenal’s final training session before the squad travelled to their south coast hotel.

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