One member of Arsenal's legendary defence from the 1990s - Nigel Winterburn, who enjoyed a 13-year career with the Gunners from 1987 to 2000 - has revealed that Arsene Wenger, even when the Frenchman first arrived in North London, was "never a tactician… defensively" and that he expected his players to "organise themselves."
Wenger has built sides who have been able to get away with, to borrow a Gary Neville term - "out-footballing" opponents due to the sheer talent-level of the starting XI; the glorious Invincibles spring to mind.
However, his current starters pale in comparison to the former legends and so it is not surprising that a team that is not fully prepared, with only an attacking strategy, is found out when up against sides who effectively combat that - like Chelsea and Everton, to name just two recent examples.
"Arsene Wenger's never been a tactician defensively," said Nigel Winterburn in a revealing statement made to Sky Sports during their telecast of the Emirates Stadium clash with West Ham United on Tuesday evening.
"His methods of play have been about attacking the opposition and he expects you to organise yourself," concluded the now 50-year-old.