Wenger is embracing a winning philosophy;not abandoning it.

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Arsenal play arguably the best football in the Premier League, almost comparable to the unparalleled  'tiki-taka' style employed by the Barcelona.

However, Arsenal have failed to grind out results in big games and that's why they have come short of a title challenge for the last decade but this seems to be changing.

The Gunners faired relatively poorly against the top four sides last season failing to beat a struggling and ailing United side at home, a contest in which they were the better team in large chunks of the game.


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All title favourites drilled at least three points from United, with Chelsea the eventual league champions managing four.

However, Arsenal were impressive against Manchester City, a game which marked a new era for the London club. It is that game that they played as a team, going forward and also tracking back whenever they lost possession.

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They played with their usual short and astute passes and their buildup play was remarkable.
With or without the ball, they were fantastic and were set to defend from the very start with 11 players behind the ball all through.

It was a sign that reality had finally dawned on Wenger that you can’t win against the big sides by
deploying a free flowing style of play.

During the 2015-2016 Premier League curtain raiser, the Community Shield, Wenger marked an end of a 13-game winless streak against his counterpart Jose Mourinho, but it was how the win was orchestrated that got my attention.

Arsenal were the better team in the first half and deservedly took the lead through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s well taken finish.

However the second half they were outplayed by Jose Mourinho’s men but they handled the pressure well defending as a team and limiting the spaces for Chelsea to impose their game.

On the counter they were absolute class and should have added to their tally of goals were they not denied by the heroics of Thibaut Courtois.  

This style of play lead to Mourinho accusing Arsenal of abandoning their philosophy, an
accusation which Wenger should occasionally use if it means they can win the league.

Come the start of the season, we should expect a new Arsenal with a different mentality in big games.

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