wing·​back | \ ˈwiŋ-ˌbak \

Definition of wingback

: an offensive back in football who lines up outside the tight end also : the position of such a player

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Across town at Arsenal, where the Gunners also switched to a formation with wingbacks, defender Nacho Monreal managed five league goals, one more than his playmaking Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "To Premier League Defenders, Defending Is Only Half the Job," 20 Sep. 2018 Javier Mascherano–and two wingbacks to offer width. Jonathan Wilson,, "Jorge Sampaoli Has a Bold Tactical Approach for Argentina's World Cup Run," 8 June 2018 That perhaps explains Low’s experiment with a back three, using Leroy Sane as a wingback, but the likelihood is that Jonas Hector will be the starting left back in Russia. Jonathan Wilson,, "Germany's World Cup Repeat Hopes Hinge on Muller's Effectiveness, Neuer's Health," 6 June 2018 In Meunier's absence, Martinez may scrap his 3-5-2 formation with wingbacks, and instead switch to a back four in a more compact defense. Jerome Pugmire,, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 Eduardo Salvio, an attack-minded right-winger, has played as a fullback and a wingback in Russia so far. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 June 2018 Guests ring the front bell and are escorted into wingback chairs in the parlor, while the women in the house slip into their heels and assemble in a lineup to be chosen. Washington Post, "Legal pimp seeks office in Nevada as some push brothel bans," 11 June 2018 Sane was shockingly omitted from the final 23 after a 10-goal, 15-assist campaign in the Premier League, leaving Marvin Plattenhardt as another option at left wingback. Jonathan Wilson,, "Germany's World Cup Repeat Hopes Hinge on Muller's Effectiveness, Neuer's Health," 6 June 2018 And '78 was only that rough because wingback Ralph Clayton (8), tight end Doug Marsh (6) and running back Roosevelt Smith (3) hogged the majority of Rick Leach's 17 touchdown passes. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Tarik Black's return, better fundamentals could boost Michigan WRs," 24 May 2018

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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