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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wenger Tactics Pay Off for Arsenal

LONDON -- What Eric Cantona did for Manchester United last season another Frenchman is doing for Arsenal this term -- without kicking a ball.

Coach Arsene Wenger has guided the Gunners to the top of the English Premier League, and the club looks like it could stay there.

The Gunners can improve by beating Derby at home Saturday and, because they avoid the other leading contenders in the next few weeks, should stay top at least until 1997.

Wenger, who reportedly is interested in hiring George Weah if the Liberian striker leaves AC Milan, has hardly made any changes to the lineup, but has reshaped the team tactically.

The old back line of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Bould and Nigel Winterburn -- all of them England internationals -- are still there but in a different format.

Adams and Bould operate with another centerback and Dixon and Winterburn are pushed forward in a five-man midfield.

Although England goalkeeper David Seaman is out through injury, Arsenal has its usual solid look at the back.