Horseshoe: football tactics explained

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta embraces Martin Odegaard after a game against Everton in September 2023.
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have used the horseshoe to great effect (Image credit: Getty Images)

Football fans in the UK never cease to baffle continental supporters about what they consider applause-worthy during a game.

A cushioned header back to the goalkeeper when under no pressure? Always well received. And we will often explode with a roar of encouragement when our team wins a corner, regardless of how often they actually result in a goal.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.