UNAI EMERY has put his focus on fixing Arsenal’s defence on the training ground.
That is according to Arsenal’s director of high-performance Darren Burgess.
Last season, Arsenal conceded 51 goals, the third highest of the clubs to finish in the top ten.
Arsene Wenger’s weakness was providing his side with defensive protection but new boss Emery has attempted to address this in the summer.
Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mattéo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are all defensive minded players and signed during the transfer window.
And Burgess has revealed Emery has worked on making Arsenal more organised on the training ground.
Burgess told Fox Sports: “Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season we conceded a ridiculous number of goals around 50 or something which Arsenal hadn’t done in maybe 15 years so one thing he’s been working on unsurprisingly is making the team a bit more solid and better organised in that area.
“Obviously it remains to be seen how successful that is but that’s an area he’s focused on.
“He’s very particular on player positioning depending on where the ball is in certain areas of the pitch.
Unai Emery has been working hard on the training ground (Image: GETTY)
“His sessions are very intricate in that regard.
“Not better or worse to the previous way but certainly different.”
Burgess also gave an insight into the difference at the club since Wenger’s exit and Emery’s arrival.
He said: “It’s been a huge change, maybe not as dramatic for me because I’ve only been there for a year but it’s certainly been different in a number of ways.
Arsenal Director Of High Performance Darren Burgess (Image: GETTY)
“Firstly, we’ve got a whole new coaching team considering Unai has brought in five new assistants all with different skill sets but also in the medical and performance departments as well, so yeah it’s been a real summer of change and very different with differing philosophies on training and how to work and how to prepare.
“It’s been a real challenge to learn a new way of doing things especially for me having just learnt Arsene’s way and now being in the process of learning Unai’s way of doing things.
“A lot of people have commented on how different it feels, even visually around the place there’s been change.
“But it’s been good so far, pre-season has finished so now all roads lead to Manchester City and that first game.”