FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 SHOW THEM WHO’S BOSS

Wenger made play­ers re­spon­si­ble for their own per­for­mance. Some of his stars re­paid him with lack­lus­tre dis­plays, safe in the knowl­edge that he wouldn’t pun­ish them. Emery (left) needs to lay down the law early: ei­ther get on board and fol­low the blue­print, or be shipped out, re­gard­less of stature.

2 OR­GAN­ISE THE DE­FENCE

Last sea­son, Ar­se­nal con­ceded 51 goals – their most since 1983-84. On a lim­ited bud­get, Emery has to max­imise what he’s got. Or­gan­ise the back line, then im­ple­ment in­ten­sive press­ing across the pitch, to al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure on a de­fence of­ten left iso­lated by an at­tack-minded mid­field.

3 EN­TICE BACK THE FANS

Swathes of empty seats in­side the Emi­rates hurt the team, the club’s global rep­u­ta­tion and the board’s bot­tom line. A se­quence of poor re­sults took the sting out of the Wenger In/Out de­bate as both camps turned ap­a­thetic to­wards the play­ers. If Emery is able to pro­voke ex­cit­ing per­for­mances out of his men, then the fans will re­turn and Brand Ar­se­nal will be in good shape.

4 RE­BUILD THE SQUAD

Over the past 12 months Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, Per Merte­sacker, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel Paulista, Fran­cis Co­quelin, Santi Ca­zorla, Jack Wil­shere, Theo Wal­cott, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain and Olivier Giroud have all left the club or re­tired, leav­ing holes in the squad. With only £50m in the kitty, Emery must in­vest wisely. Bol­ster­ing the de­fence by re­cruit­ing Bayer Lev­erkusen keeper Bernd Leno, Ju­ven­tus full-back Stephan Licht­steiner and Borus­sia Dort­mund cen­tre-back Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los is step one.

5 BE TAC­TI­CALLY FLEX­I­BLE

Wenger’s Gun­ners could of­ten be one-di­men­sional and de­fen­sively naive. Their in­abil­ity to adapt was partly re­spon­si­ble for Ar­se­nal pick­ing up just 16 points away from home in 2017-18 – fewer than half of the league and less than half of Tot­ten­ham’s road re­turn. Emery will try to make them more street­wise, ca­pa­ble of dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion but also of hit­ting teams on the break when they’re on the back foot.

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