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Arsene Wenger 4-2-3-1 System

Trying to replicate Wenger's style of attacking football on Football Manager 2015. High possession and lot of clear cut chances.

By on Sep 01, 2015   51554 views   3 comments
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FM 2015 Tactics - Arsene Wenger 4-2-3-1 System
My aim in the tactic I'm about to show you is to emulate Wenger's style of attacking, possession based football with the 4-2-3-1 wide formation which seems to be his most used formation over the last few years.

This tactic is based on high possession and lots of clear cut chances. I'm using this tactic with Liverpool and here are my results so far.

I don't use this tactic with other teams just with Liverpool but in future I'm trying this with lower league teams.
Please don't expect this tactic to click immediately. If you try this, it needs time to get fluid, and you need to be patient.

To get more fluidity of tactic get some good coaches as well. If you have good AM and good mid this tactic will work very well .

If you have good assistant let him take care of OI.

I would really appreciate it if you try it and give me feedback and perhaps some suggestions on improvement .

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Discussion: Arsene Wenger 4-2-3-1 System

3 comments have been posted so far.

  • pokarioboy's avatar
    @shantanu14s: I'm not the creator of the tactic, so my answer may not have been the intention of the tactic, but when you play wide and exploit the middle, they don't contradict. By playing wide, you encourage the players to open up the field and move the ball around a much bigger space. When you 'Exploit the Middle' you encourage the players to take advantage of opposition weakness or space. As you have already set the play to play wide, opposition will (that is if their press isn't as cohesive, which is common in English Football) move all around and allow gaps in their structure, for your players to exploit.

    It is a very viable way to play, and I often employ it depending on the match. The 'Penetration' tab I normally use for opposition instructions, however in this case the creator has made it the common way to play.
    Hope I answered that question for you :) The creator probably has different reasons, but that's just what I think.
  • shantanu14s's avatar
    Interesting tactic, similar to what I'd call my "staple formation" in most saves. Couple things I've noticed:

    1) You allow your players a lot of fluidity and expression, in addition to directing them to vigorously press the opposition (you've set it to maximum closing down). With a high-stamina, creative attack I can see this working really well, though I think it'll come at the price of defensive stability. An easy way to combat this would be to change the box to box mid and deep lying playmaker to a DLP support and a BWM defend, would just provide a more solid anchoring base, which would allow attacking stars to do what they do best: attack.

    2) Is it me, or do you have a contradiction in your tactic of playing wide and exploiting the middle at the same time? Personally, I enjoy two inside forwards cutting in to create an overload through the centre, while employing two quick fullbacks on the outside to overlap. This'll give you a great balance of width and goalscoring potential, while two anchoring central midfielders would only make this better with added defensive protection.
  • LDyster16's avatar
    Would love to see if you could get a proper defensive midfielders in there, like how they do with Coquelin now, rather than a DLP
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