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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
6 Everton 16 10 8 58
7 Arsenal 17 6 8 57
8 West Brom 12 8 13 44
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Arsenal have to keep The Ox

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Arsene Wenger: I 'deeply believe' Alexis Sanchez will sign new Arsenal deal

Arsene Wenger praised the form of Alexis Sanchez and admits he is sometimes a slow starter in games.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says he will not sell Alexis Sanchez this summer even if the forward rejects a new deal, but "deeply believes" the Chile international will sign a contract extension with Arsenal.

Sanchez has been Arsenal's standout player this season and showed his importance by scoring the extra-time winner against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday.

But the 28-year-old's future remains shrouded in uncertainty as he and Mesut Ozil have yet to agree new long-term deals with...

 By Michael Cox

Is Arsenal's three-man back line proof Wenger can embrace modern tactics?

Arsene Wenger gave one word answers when he was asked again about his Arsenal future.
Arsene Wenger praised the form of Alexis Sanchez and admits he is sometimes a slow starter in games.
The FC panel credit Arsenal for a convincing win over Manchester City and raise questions over Pep Guardiola.
Arsene Wenger was proud of how Arsenal stepped up to the occasion and silenced critics to reach the FA Cup final.

There are various ways of summarising Arsene Wenger's astonishing longevity at Arsenal, but here's a particularly prescient one.

There have been two entirely different eras when using a three-man defence has been in fashion: the first in the mid-1990s, the second in the mid-2010s. They came 20 years apart, meaning that no player has genuinely played a significant part in both eras. But Wenger has been around so long he has witnessed a tactical development that's effectively come full circle.

This...

 By Tom Adams

Arsenal benefitting from formation change, notably Rob Holding, Gabriel

Steve Nicol gives his impressions on Arsenal's tactical switch for their 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.
The FC panel credit Arsenal for a convincing win over Manchester City and raise questions over Pep Guardiola.
Arsene Wenger was proud of how Arsenal stepped up to the occasion and silenced critics to reach the FA Cup final.
Arsene Wenger gave one word answers when he was asked again about his Arsenal future.

Whatever shape you choose, however many you play at the back, whether it's full-backs or wing-backs, a two-or three-man midfield, false nines or No. 10s, the basic idea behind the use of any formation is to get the best out of the players you have at your disposal, to maximise the talent in your squad. 

It is still very early days in Arsenal's brave new world of playing a three-man defence -- and a sample size of two matches in 20 years is infinitesimally small, and certain to send shudders...