Pascal Gross has revealed he relished a revised role at the Amex.

But he believes Albion’s set-up in midfield and out wide against Arsenal should have been a weinner.

Gross, who has forged a reputation at No.10, was right of centre as the Seagulls found their feet after a dodgy start and eventually gave the Gunners a real test.

Officially he was part of a midfield trio in a 4-3-3.

In reality, it was not that simple. Albion were 4-5-1 without the ball.

Then, when they got it, midfielders and wide men become, loosely speaking, a V shape, with Dale Stephens at its base, Gross and Davy Propper a bit further forward and a bit wider and Jurgen Locadia and Solly March stretching the defence out wide.

It helped Albion move the ball from side to side and supply the wingers fairly easily.

Meanwhile, Propper got into two positions in the second half which should have brought him his first goal for the club.

Albion’s movement caused Arsenal more problems than might have been expected.

Gross said: “I am used to playing the system.

“I played it a lot in Germany and I don’t mind. I can play any system.

“It works quite well. It was quite tough for Arsenal.

“If Dale can get on the ball and Davy and I are always in the pockets, then it is hard to defend against us and the wide players.”

Albion have changed things away from home at times but their success under Chris Hughton has generally been built on a 4-4-2 which became 4-4-1-1 when they went up to the Premier League and Gross arrived.

Stephens, the man at the base, said: “I’ve played there a few times, especially against the top sides away from home.

“It works when you probably want to keep hold of the ball a little bit more.

“I think it has worked away from home. You look at the Burnley game and the Huddersfield game – we played well in spells.

“The manager likes it and, if he wants to play me as sitting midfielder in a three, I am happy to do that.”

Gross added: “It is a good for a home game.

“It’s good to have some options. It is harder for the other teams.

“They don’t know what is coming because we change sometimes.”

Leon Balogun, Albion’s summer signing from Mainz, believes the Bundesliga is more of a tactical battle than the Premier League.

The centre-back said: “In Germany there is a lot more tactical play, where games for the fans can sometimes get boring, but for the players it’s very intense as you’re looking to see what the opposition do next.”

The Bundesliga boasts a range of systems and Bayern Munich picked up their most recent win, 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt, using the V-shape in midfield and out wide Albion have employed this week.

Javi Martinez occupied the deeper role taken by Stephens for Albion, Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich were in the pockets to which Gross referred while two-goal Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller played wide.

Unai Emery has become the master of the tactical switch in the Premier League so far this season.

His Arsenal team would be 18th if the table were decided by first-half scores – and a point clear at the top if only second-half goals counted.

He rolled the dice again at the Amex by taking off Mesut Ozil at half-time but, for once, his change did not work.

Arsenal were more concerned by what Albion were doing and offered little threat after the break.

That is some going against a Gunners side who had ‘won’ 13 of their previous 18 second halves.

And it led to that frustration that Albion should have won the match.

Gross threw it forward and looked to what can be learnt before Everton visit tomorrow.

He said: “We take the point and, if we improve, we can get more.

“It’s a good point but maybe if we had shown a little more quality in the last third we could have got three.

“It was a good game from us, tactically and defensively. How we played and defended as a team was really good.”