Having seen his side keep clean sheets in their opening three games, Arsene Wenger has commended Steve Bould for his work with the Arsenal defence.
Replacing Pat Rice as the club’s assistant manager this summer, the former Youth team coach has been widely praised by members of the first team for his tactical input on the training ground, but appears to have also impressed the boss.
Speaking about his new number two at a UEFA convention in Nyon, Arsene Wenger reflected:
“We have played two teams who didn’t really attack, but he [Bould] is doing a good job.
“We continue our training regime. He has taken over from Pat Rice for the defensive job where he is doing very well.
“Will we finish with the best defence in the league? I hope so.”
As has been well documented, Bould was mentored by disciplinarian George Graham after signing from Stoke in 1988 and went on to become an integral member of the famed back four which provided a rock-solid basis for three title winning sides in the eighties and nineties.
Arseblog News echoes Arsene’s warm words and trusts that Bould’s winning attitude continues to rub off on the youngsters…or something less innuendo-tastic.
Cheers to @RYO_Cleverfish for the heads up.