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.