Wenger plots tactical shift for Newcastle game: 'It will be a gamble'


The Arsenal boss will be forced to play Mathieu Debuchy at centre-back.

Arsenal's latest injury crisis has forced Arsene Wenger to think creatively.

And, as much as it is an enforced one, the Gunners boss admits he has been forced to take 'a gamble' ahead of his side's clash with Newcastle United later today.

Indeed, Wenger will play right-back Mathieu Debuchy at centre-back for Arsenal - in his first game against his former side Newcastle.

No pressure there, then, Mathieu...

“Debuchy has never played there, I asked him already,” Wenger told reporters.

“The solution I have to decide will not be ideal. It will be a gamble. But there is not a massive difference between right-back and centre-back.”

Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in today's late kick-off. Ahead of the clash, Debuchy said of his former side:

"I only have great memories from there. Thanks to them, I discovered English football. I played in a great atmosphere in every home match. The fans are amazing and I will keep those moments all my life."

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