Bould wants tighter Arsenal defence

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould is working with the club’s defence in an effort to plug the gaps that plagued the Gunners last season, the Daily Mail has reported.

Bould was promoted from working with the youth team to assisting Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s long-time No.2, Pat Rice, retired at the end of the season. Bould, a former Arsenal player who won titles under both George Graham and Arsene Wenger, was part of a famous Arsenal defence alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.

Last season Arsenal conceded 49 league goals in their 38 league games, the most of any team in the top four and more than Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool, who finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Sunderland, who ended the season in 13th, also conceded fewer goals than Arsenal – 46.

Thomas Vermaelen, the centre-back, has already praised Bould for the work he has done with the Arsenal back-line. Vermaelen said: “He played the same position as me and he’s already given me lots of tips. We’re working on it in almost every training session to get the shape we want into the back four and get all the team organised. He’s had a huge impact already.

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