Bould worried by Arsenal’s Champions League form

Steve Bould has revealed he is concerned by Arsenal’s recent performances, particularly in the Champions League, after the Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by Schalke, the BBC has reported.

Arsenal were in search of a positive outcome against the Bundesliga side to all-but confirm their safe passage through to the next round of the Champions League and erase the memory of the weekend’s Premier League defeat to Norwich City, who had not previously won in the league this season but came away with a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road.

Goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Affelay put paid to that but Bould was troubled by more than just the score line. The assistant manager, in charge on the night as Arsene Wenger competed a three-game touchline ban, noted that Arsenal created precious few chances – a worry backed up by the BBC, who confirmed that Arsenal have had the fewest shots – 22 – of any team in this year’s Champions League.

Bould added: “We lacked a bit of confidence. It’s a concern we’re not making many chances. We normally create chances, so we’re not accustomed to this. If we escaped with a 0-0 draw we would have been delighted.

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