Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that club’s defensive crisis could have been avoided had manager Arsene Wenger accepted advice from his assistant Steve Bould.
The Gunners have been conceding goals for fun this season, leaking five in last two fixtures, and it is team’s defensive frailties that have been one of the main reasons for the poor run of results.
Club legend Ian Wright believes that Wenger has a perfect man who could sort out the shaky defence in Steve Bould, but the Frenchman appears to be disregarding his assistant’s suggestions.
”What is worrying is that Steve Bould is there (and these mistakes are happening),” Wright told BBC Sport.
“I know there are players Steve Bould has recommended to Arsenal that they’ve not taken. That needs to change.”
Steve Bould enjoyed a great deal of success as Arsenal defender, having formed a rock-solid back four together with Tony Adams, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn before returning to the club in 2001 as a youth coach.
After proving his worth in the academy, the 51-year-old was appointed Arsene Wenger’s number two following Pat Rice’s retirement in 2012, and he had a very good early impact, helping the Gunners keep three successive clean sheets at the start of the 2012/2013 season.
Both players and media were full of praise for Bould’s training methods at the time, but The Professor didn’t feel the need to single out his number two and the pair has since endured a tumultuous relationship.
That is probably one of the reasons why Wenger refused to accept advice from Bould regarding the summer signings, meaning there is nobody else to blame but himself for the recent run of results.
The Frenchman doesn’t seem to trust his assistant, as witnessed by the fact that the pair rarely communicates during matches, and this situation is certainly not helping the players at a difficult moment in time.