Arsenal currently have no less than seven players on the treatment table (who you would consider as being part of the first team) probably the most important one is comeback kid Mathieu Flamini.

The Frenchman has proved many wrong with his performances since returning to Emirates Stadium, they say you should never go back, he has proved there is an exception to every rule. Flamini, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have been the main protagonists in Arsenal's good early form, but the former was sidelined by a groin injury last weekend.

So where does this leave the shape of Arsenal's midfield for the visit of title challengers Liverpool? With there being no recognisable defensive midfielder currently in the first team, is it time to try something a little different?

Maybe playing Mikel Arteta deep alongside Thomas Vermaelen; Arteta's passing has never been in question, you just have to look at his passing stats from the last two seasons to aid weight to that claim, but defensively he has a lot to prove.

Arteta is not the strongest and playing him alone with another creative midfielder has often left Arsenal's back four an easy target for visiting teams at the Emirates. Someone like Vermaelen could add that stability and allow Arteta to concentrate on what he does best.

There are other possibilities he could go back to the good ol' days of the much maligned 4-4-2, this would be an interesting one, but with the lack of wingers available it would call for playing creative players out of position, square pegs in round holes if you will.

A system that I recall Wenger using very infrequently but has used when down to ten men strangely last season was the 3-5-2 (or 3-5-1 as it was) this is flexible and with Liverpool recently adopting a 4-4-2 system themselves to accommodate the return of Luis Suarez this could be a valid option.

This would consist of Vermaelen left, Per Mertesacker central and Laurent Koscielny on the right. In effect, the side would operate with wing backs which would be ideal for Kieran Gibbs on the left and likewise Bacary Sagna on the right.

Using three midfielders would allow a little bit more freedom in the centre, so you could get away with only playing one deep-lying creative player in the place of an enforcer - that is where Arteta would come in. Ahead of him would be Ramsey and a pick of either Santi Cazorla or Jack Wilshere, with Mesut Ozil in support of the main man Olivier Giroud.

Wenger seems scared to adapt from one game to the next and as every football fan knows that is a sign of a good tactician. Arsenal have the players to play various systems but the Gunners boss just sees change as a sign of weakness, it is not it is a sign of a strong and talented squad.

It will be interesting to see how both sides shape up in what is to be quite a cagey affair but also has the possibility of also being mouth watering.

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