It was only several weeks ago that people were suggesting that the partnership between Arsene Wenger and new assistant manager Steve Bould was a match made in heaven and was going to make a huge difference to the Gunners’ season this year. However, following several poor results, former player Stewart Robson is suggesting this is not the case and claims that he has heard there is friction between the two.
Bould was appointed as the new assistant to Wenger in the summer, after the long-serving Pat Rice decided to retire. Bould, who was regarded as a no nonsense centre half when he played for the club all those years ago, was seen as one of the brightest coaches in the game prior his appointment. As well as this, Bould is supposedly one of the best defensive coaches around and this was something that many fans were hoping would shine through onto the team.
It has to be said that the opening signs were good and following several clean sheets, supporters thought they were seeing the fruits of Boul’s appointment. However, question marks are now being raised following three defeats in the last few weeks and former midfielder Robson claims that there could be a problem in the camp. He said, “It looked more encouraging at the start of the season but it’s been five to six years and the same thing’s happened time and time again. I hoped that [when Steve Bould was appointed] he would do more with the defence but I’m not sure whether he’s 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.”
Of course, Wenger is very likely going to deny such events although following recent form, you just have to wonder what has changed at the Emirates Stadium after that promising start the team enjoyed.