Arsenal’s unbeaten when their possession is under 45% since 2003

It has emerged that the north London giants are unbeaten in away games where they have had 45% of the ball or less since 2003.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be thinking about a change in philosophy after Sunday’s surprise win at Manchester City.

The Frenchman changed his strategy for the trip to the Etihad, deploying a more defense-minded formation and keeping the majority of players behind the ball in what proved the club’s lowest possession percentage since Opta stats began.

Netherlands Soccer Champions LeagueThe Gunners ran out deserved 2-0 winners and it has since emerged that the north London giants are unbeaten in away games where they have had 45% of the ball or less since 2003.

The counter attacking football has been a major facet of European football in recent seasons, with the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund dominating their opponents through patient approach play and lightning-fast attacks.

Whether Wenger reverts to this relatively new system for Arsenal remains to be seen, but the evidence is there and it should be taking into account by a manager who has previously proven stubborn with his footballing philsophy.

So far, the Gunners have a mix season, as they are still fighting for the top four spots in Premier League table. Currently they are placed at 5.

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