“Rift” between Gunners boss and assistant coach

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has claimed that Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould, his assistant manager, have fallen out.

Robson, a prolific player for the Gunners during the Eighties, who left the club two years before Bould’s arrival, says Bould feels frustrated at Wenger not giving him more time to work with the side’s creaking defence.

Robson said to talkSPORT: “I hoped that [when Steve Bould was appointed] he would do more with the defence but I’m not sure whether he is being allowed to do that by Arsene Wenger. I think there might be a rift in the camp between those two from what I’ve heard.”

Steve Bould came to the role this summer, succeeding Gunners veteran Pat Rice, who had played and coached at Arsenal for a period of 44 years.

Commentators had put Arsenal’s original improvement in form down to Bould’s influence. However, Arsenal seem to have regained old problems in recent games, after being defeated by Schalke, Norwich and Chelsea.

The assistant coach said after Tuesday’s loss in the Champions League how Arsenal were lacking confidence. He said how the team “looked jaded” during the Champions League fixture. He talked of how the team “haven’t performed” since the international break.

Bould, who was a centre back, played for the Gunners for 11 years, winning three league titles, before working with youth teams at Arsenal, and going on to the job he does now.

Arsenal, who play QPR in the Premier League next, are still reeling from the last two fixtures ending in shock losses.
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