Vieira puts forward Bould as next Arsenal manager

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has claimed that Arsene Wenger should be succeeded by current Gunners youth team coach Steve Bould, The Daily Mail reports.

Bould has been working with the Arsenal youth team for ten years since retiring at the age of 38. The former Arsenal defender has seen the emergence of a host of youth team players at the Emirates Stadium and has won Premier Academy League titles in 2009 and 2010. Last summer, Arsenal fans called for Bould to be promoted to the role of Wenger’s assistant and Vieira has reinforced the belief from the Gunners.

Vieira, who played alongside the towering centre back for ten years, has suggested that when Wenger retires, the reins of the Arsenal first-team squad should be handed over to Bould. The former Arsenal captain has been impressed with what Bould has done and Vieira, who now works behind the scenes at Manchester City, has stated his desire for his former club.

The Frenchman said: ‘Steve Bould has been doing really well. If I had to say a name, then it would be him, because he deserves it.’ Bould won the title in 1991 and 1998 with Arsenal and has impressed Wenger with the way he has managed the academy side.

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