Arsene Wenger was often accused of being too soft on his star-studded squad but it appears his successor will not be as easy going if his pre-season training regime is anything to go by.
The Spaniard has spent the past fortnight running the rule over the squad he inherited from the long-serving Frenchman, pushing his players to the limits ahead of his first match in charge against Borehamwood on Saturday.
Aubameyang, the club’s record signing from Borussia Dortmund who scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances following his January move, was clearly finding the going tough earlier this week when he tweeted a picture of himself looking exhausted with the caption ‘damn bro help me !!! I’m dead’.
And it’s little wonder the Gabon international is shattered after footage emerged of the 29-year-old reluctantly performing a series of press ups having missed a chance in a shooting drill under the watchful eye of Emery’s assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo.
Aubameyang was not the only Arsenal star forced to hit the deck with both Alexandre Lacazette and Jeff Reine-Adelaide both forced to accept their punishment having been denied by Petr Cech, who certainly saw the funny side.
‘Now it’s a new way,’ said Emery ahead of Saturday’s match at Meadow Park. ‘With all the players I want to give them confidence, to give them a chance every day in their work. With quality work it is very easy to arrive at the performance, individual and collective.’