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Arsene Wenger's technical study group has drawn trends from the first stage of the World Cup to show most of attacking in open play is from wide areas and the goalkeeper's role has changed radically.
Keepers offered to receive a pass 726 times in the group games here, up from 443 times in the same stage in Russia, four years ago, and received the ball 356 times, up from 177.
Wenger concludes it is a response to high-pressing forwards forcing defenders to turn back and, subsequently, managers have opted for goalkeepers who can deal with the ball.
Arsene Wenger's technical study group have revealed the analysis of their findings from the World Cup group stage
'The biggest change in football is the goalkeeper,' said Wenger. 'Inside