Arsenal boss Wenger denies claims of Bould dressing room rant

Arsene Wenger has insisted that there is no truth in claims assistant manager Steve Bould issued an intense critique of Arsenal’s players following the defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, the BBC has reported.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Michael Laudrup’s Swans, leaving Arsenal in 10th place in the Premier League, the lowest Arsenal have been under Wenger after 15 games. Arsenal are also 15 points behind league leaders Manchester United and are in the midst of their worst start to a season in nearly 20 years, the BBC adds.

Wenger however rejected the idea that Bould had verbally torn into the squad. He said: “That is not true at all. There’s nothing more irritating than superficial information nowadays. It would be better that people are a bit responsible for what they write.” He added: “I take my responsibilities, but informing people in the wrong way is bad as well and it’s time for some people to realise that.

Bould was appointed as Wenger’s assistant over the summer, replacing the long-serving Pat Rice, who retired. Previously a coach with Arsenal’s youth teams, Bould spent 11 years at the club as a player, making more than 370 appearances and forming an infamous back four with Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn.

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