Martin Keown identifies Unai Emery’s first job as Arsenal manager

The Arsenal legend wants Unai Emery to improve the Gunners defence following his appointment

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi Photo: Shkodran Mustafi / Instagram

Martin Keown believes Unai Emery needs to sort out Arsenal’s defensive problems following his appointment as Arsene Wenger’s successor.

The Gunners appointed the 46-year-old as the new head coach following Arsene Wenger’s exit at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season after the Gunners conceded 51 times in 38 games in the English top-flight campaign.

The north London side have regressed under Arsene Wenger after the Gunners failed to finish in the top four in the last two seasons.

Wenger struggled to fix Arsenal’s defensive problems, with Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi struggling to justify their price tags since big-money moves to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal lost 2-1 on aggregate to La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final earlier this month to end their slim hopes of securing Champions League football next term.

Former Gunners defender Keown has challenged Emery to improve the Arsenal back four.

“When I played under Wenger, his philosophy was you should never make a player watch footage of their errors as it damages their confidence,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“While I understood that approach, I felt I learned better when I was shown my mistakes.

“Emery will have studied the Europa League semi-final first leg when Atletico Madrid played a ball over the top to Antoine Griezmann and the Arsenal defensive line was nowhere to be seen. Emery should show that video to his new defence then work with them on the training pitch to find a solution.”

Emery led Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title in 2017-18 and the Spanish head coach won two Coupe de la France and two Coupe de Ligue titles.

The 46-year-old won three Europa League titles during a successful spell in charge of Sevilla.

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