Although Arsene Wenger is banned from the touchline and communicating with his team for tonight’s game with Olympiacos, the manager says he and Steve Bould have done plenty of preparation to cover all eventualities.
Bould will take charge of a senior team for only the second time tonight but will go into the game well prepared after discussions with the boss.
“Myself and Steve Bould will talk about all possibilities before the game,” Wenger told the matchday programme. “We’ll go through various scenarios and of course I’ll leave him room to make decisions too.
“It’s impossible to know how a game will turn out, but you can talk about certain situations. If we have to attack, if we have to defend, if he gets injured what do we do, if another player gets injured and we are winning, what do we do and so on.
“So we try to plan and sort out the maximum solutions, but he also has lots freedom in the situations we have not anticipated.”
And although Bouldie might be new at this level, the boss has backed his years in the game to see him through.
“Steve is new in this particular job,” he said, “but he has played a lot of football. He has coached a lot too. Even if he is new to this level of coaching he is still very experienced in football and understands the game very well.”
Let’s hope there’s nothing too challenging for him tonight and that he continues his 100% win record as the man in charge. Yes, 1 win out of win is still 100%.
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