Arsenal star hails Bould’s influence at the Emirates

Arsenal defender Thomas VermaelenArsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has heaped praise on new assistant boss Steve Bould for his role in their good start to the new season.

Defensively, The Gunners have been hugely impressive so far this term, keeping clean sheets in their opening three league games, and Belgian ace Vermaelen says Bould, who was appointed in place of Pat Rice who retired in the summer, has played a major role in helping them tighten up at the back. He told Sky Sports:

“He is our assistant now and has a lot of experience at a high level with Arsenal. We work a lot on our defensive play and you can see that with our three clean sheets.”

Vermaelen was speaking from Belgium’s training camp as they prepare for World Cup qualifiers with Wales and Croatia.  He was seen with strapping on his ankle, but he insisted that there was no issue and he would be fit to play. “It is fine, it just my ankle from last week – but it is okay,” he added.