Mikel Arteta must address the attitudes of his Arsenal players if he wants to hit the ground running in north London.
That's according to Steve McClaren, who says Arteta must drill his players to recover quicker when they lose the ball, should he take the vacant manager's job at Arsenal.
Freddie Ljungberg has been in temporary charge of the Gunners since Unai Emery was sacked, but Arsenal's form has shown no signs of improvement.
Arteta held talks with Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and chief negotiator Huss Fahmy on Sunday, following the Gunners' 3-0 defeat by Manchester City.
He is strong favourite to be named Arsenal's next boss, and ahead of getting the job received some advice from McClaren.
"All he needs to do is address their attitudes in terms of when they haven't got the ball," McClaren told Sky Sports.
"Because when they haven't got the ball there's no speed in recovering into shape, there's no speed in recovering the ball within five seconds, which is Man City's philosophy when they lose the ball.
"There's no responsibility in terms of going with runners defending. There are no tackles until they get way back on the edge of their own box which is too late then.
"So I can see Arteta going into Arsenal and going, you know what, in terms of build-up possession, keeping the ball, we've got players who can do that.
"All I need to teach this team is attitude to defend and win the ball back between five and eight seconds, which is what Man City do.
"That's his philosophy. I think he can can instil that at Arsenal, he can tweak Arsenal in terms of defenders, which I think they definitely need.
"Defenders are dropping too deep, they are not going and pressing it, they are not mobile and athletic enough to play the way he'll probably want to play.
"He could change that a little bit but he can also change that in the transfer market.
"I just think Arsenal are further ahead than Everton are and Arteta knows Arsenal, he's got an affinity with Arsenal, it's a little bit like Frank [Lampard] going to Chelsea, he knows Chelsea , it's working, he knows the kids there.
"And with that front line I'd me going, I'd love to work with that front line, just throw them a ball they'll score goals, now behind that I need to [address it]."