In recent years Arsenal have become synonymous with the 4-2-3-1 formation, with the club deploying that system both in the first-team and at various youth levels.
For the past two games, however, the senior side have lined up with a 3-4-2-1 formation, and, although it remains to be seen how long that system will be persisted with, there are certainly some talented youngsters within the club’s ranks who would benefit from playing in such a set-up.
Cohen Bramall (left wing-back)
Bramall has impressed since joining Arsenal from non-league side Hednesford Town in January. However, the suspicion remains that the 21-year-old is better going forwards than he is defensively. Playing as a wing-back would allow Bramall to attack with regularity, while he would have cover behind him should he get caught pushing too far forwards.
Krystian Bielik (right centre-back)
Having joined Arsenal as a defensive-midfielder, Bielik has subsequently undergone a successful transition into a ball-playing centre-back. The Polish youth international already possesses experience of playing as part of a three-man defence having thrived there during his current loan spell with Championship side Birmingham City.
Jordi Osei-Tutu (right wing-back)
Although he has yet to make the step up to the U23s, Osei-Tutu has been a mainstay for Arsenal at U18 level this season. The right-back was previously a winger and, like Bramall, his best contributions are often in the attacking third of the field. Osei-Tutu could thrive as a wing-back, providing a mix of power and pace.
Julio Pleguezuelo (left centre-back)
Another centre-back who appears well equipped to playing as part of a back three, Plegueuzelo is extremely comfortable in possession and relishes the opportunity to bring the ball out from defence. Although his game time on loan at Mallorca this season has been limited, Pleguezuelo could be a possible back-up option to Rob Holding in the left centre-back position.
Kaylen Hinds (right forward)
Hinds has produced some encouraging performances since joining Stevenage on loan and loves to play just behind the striker, where he can influence play to excellent effect. Playing as one of two players just off the main forward would certainly suit him.