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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  • jefe
    2 years ago

    If Wenger has become this stubborn, then he has to go, there are a tons of great coaches who would love to come to Arsenal FC, and though I do appreciate what he has done for the club and always will, something is seriously amiss with the clubs cohesiveness right now, mainly with the defense, and the meeting yesterday did “nothing” to qualm my fears that it’s a sinking ship right now! We have played the last two matches with the lowest intensity since losing Eduardo to the horrific injury that seems to have subdued his career permanently…

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    • Mick
      2 years ago

      The media and you so called fans make me laugh. Two games ago we were being praised for our good start to the season, now after two losses, the 2nd lets not forget to a Shalke side who have just defeated last years Bundesliga champions, and we are all of a sudden crap. Give me a break and grow up.

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      • Ery
        2 years ago

        Thanks for one MATURE response to all these childish rants

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      • chris from Cambridge
        2 years ago

        That is not the point. Bould did wonders by actually drilling the defence(!) early season. And he drilled the whole team on keeping shape – with and without the ball. Read how encouraged Arsenal players were at the time. Wenger will not have liked another to ‘cast a shadow over him’ as Manu Petit called it some months ago.

        My bet is Robson knows his facts here. Meanwhile if you look at goals conceded : – 2 were keeper errors and there is no way Bould would rate Manone (Wenger left us with about 5 young keepers and NOT ONE mature keeper.) 2 goals were caused by Santos who would never in a million years have impressed Bould as a defender. Wenger bought him … only Wenger knows why. He could have bought (say_) Enrique – or anyone who is actually a defender !!!

        Bould can still do a great deal of good but it is going to be a tough ask .. being bossed by a control freak – who knows far less about defenders and defending than Steve B.

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  • Jay
    2 years ago

    Only the fans who were yet to come to the realisation that arsenal was a sinking ship praised arsenal. You give a player a pat on the back if he is doing well,do not misunderstand intentions. Wenger has become too big to handle and if the so called arsenal faithful still has some little sanity,they should force the current owners out like liverpool did. Even ferguson or mourinho would have been sacked with such performances.

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  • edward owen
    2 years ago

    So true jay,these fans of wenger are sooooo deluded.

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    • chris from Cambridge
      2 years ago

      Correct.

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