Date: 25th July 2019 at 1:20pm
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Arsenal have been experimenting with their team during pre-season this summer.

Not only have they handed chances to some fringe players such as Carl Jenkinson, but they have also looked to use some of their more established stars in different roles.

The main takeaway has been that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been playing out on the flanks throughout pre-season.

Indeed, the Gabon international played a number of games out on the wing last season, and he may be in line for a return out wide.

This could prove to be a masterstroke from Unai Emery. It allows Arsenal to play a system with wingers once again, and it also could be a great money-saving tactic.

Rather than shelling out £80m for Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal can now simply move their striker out wide and have a world-class winger ready and waiting.

A switch back to a system that utilises wide forwards may also allow the Gunners to give their young stars a chance. Eddie Nketiah has been impressing fans for several months, and he could immediately slot into a backup striker role.

It may also give Reiss Nelson a path into the first team, Arsenal weren’t utilising wingers towards the back end of last season, but after Nelson’s impressive loan spell in Germany where he scored seven goals in just 630 minutes of action, he could be in line for a starting spot next term.

Arsenal will be able to save the £80m they would have spent on Zaha by moving Aubameyang out wide, and their new system would also give two promising players a much simpler path into Emery’s lineup. It’s a win-win situation for Arsenal, and it could be something we see a lot of next term.

 

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