Roy Hodgson’s decision to send out his England side in a ‘diamond’ formation was a nod to Liverpool’s increasing influence on the make-up of the national side.
Yet it could potentially offer a new tactical permutation for Arsenal, a side often chided for their lack of a plan B when things aren’t going their way.
The benefits the diamond offers Arsenal over the 4-1-4-1 formation they’ve used exclusively in the Premier League so far this season are as follows.
Firstly it’s a formation that would allow Arsenal to make an interesting alternative use of wide forwards Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, bringing them closer to goal.
While neither have convinced in their very limited sorties as lone line leaders, they could be ruthlessly effective when working off the likes of Danny Welbeck or Olivier Giroud, feeding off through balls and knockdowns with their slick acceleration.
Sanchez has previously played and thrived in just such a role at Udinese and for his national team.
The 4-1-2-1-2 could also offer an alternative permutation for the Gunners’ central-midfield talent.
Jack Wilshere operated at the base of Hodgson’s diamond, but could easily be employer on either of the wider points of the compass for Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini stepping in.
The England man, along with Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla could all influence play from two or more of the midfield positions.
Ideally though it would allow Wenger to occasionally employ a more single-mindedly vigorous middle band with no lightweight constituents.
Naming no names, Mesut Ozil would then be free to pull the strings from an orthodox number ten position.
The Gunners are 7/4 to down Manchester City at the Emirates in their next Premier League outing as the seek to register a first victory over the champions since April 2012.