Has Wenger finally let Bould off the leash at Arsenal

Niall Quinn believes Steve Bould has finally been given the opportunity to restructure Arsenal’s defence – and the north London club are now reaping the benefits.

The Gunners have lost just one of their last six Premier League fixtures and currently sit fifth in the table, one point off a Champions League spot.

Arsene Wenger’s side saw off Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in one of their most impressive showings during the last few years.

And ex-Arsenal striker Quinn, who played with Bould during their time together at Sunderland, claims the assistant manager is behind the reversal of fortunes.

“When Steve Bould came to Sunderland he turned our dressing room inside out at the age of 36,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

“He played for two years with us and turned us into a team which finished in seventh in the Premier League table, two years in a row. He established this great defensive art between the young players who hadn’t learnt it before.

“He can bring that defensive stability Arsenal were always famous for. When you look back on the Arsenal teams over the years they have always been built on the likes of Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, George Graham and David O’Leary.

“There was always steel about them that got Arsenal to where they wanted to be.

“The collective desire [to defend well] has been missing recently. Bould may have just been allowed to say to the players, ‘defending is now an important factor’.

“From the outside it looks like Steve wasn’t given the complete go-ahead to restructure and redefine the gunner's defence when he came in as Arsene’s number two.

“Now though it looks like he’s doing a good job. It all looks positive for the club going forward.”

 



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