Arteta and Ten Hag take inspiration from Cruyff in their full-back fluidity | Football

It was in the heat of summer that Mikel Arteta finally decided to press the button on a strategy he had been brewing for almost a year. For much of the previous season he had become convinced that Ben White was a right-back in the making: quick, calm on the ball and blessed with sound positional sense and a high level of tactical intelligence. The problem was everyone else. None of the squad, he decided, was capable of replacing White in the centre of defence.

For some time Arteta had been searching for full-backs who could play his way: stepping up into a narrower role when Arsenal had the…

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