New Arsenal boss Emery prefers 4-3-3 shape

London: Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals. In Arsenal’s 132-year history, Emery is just the second non-British man to take charge of the first team… after a certain Arsene Wenger. He has previously been in charge of six different clubs, from Lorca Deportivo in Spain’s third division to money men Paris Saint-Germain this season.

But what sort of football does he play? It turns out that 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 are his two favoured line-ups. The former was employed successfully at Sevilla, while 89 per cent of his games in charge of PSG used the 4-3-3 shape. Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004. Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups during his time in charge, his crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game. The club will be desperate to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite.