By Josh James in Kuala Lumpur

Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that new assistant manager Steve Bould has already made his presence known on the training pitches.

Bould took over from Pat Rice in the summer, and Szczesny says that the former centre half has been passing on his wealth of defensive knowledge to the Club's defenders during pre-season training.

Speaking to Arsenal.com shortly after arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Szczesny said: "We have a new assistant manager in Steve Bould and he has been doing a lot of defensive work on the training pitch, which has been very good so far I believe, so hopefully we will concede less as well, which is my personal hope anyway."

Arsenal conceded 49 goals in the league last season, a figure which the Polish stopper admitted was far too many. He knows that reducing the goals-against column will be key to the Gunners' fortunes this season.

"We didn't have a lot of luck with injuries to defenders last season. Hopefully this year we can have a settled back four, a strong bench as well, and concede less goals," said Szczesny. "As I said, with the work Steve Bould has been doing so far, it's looking positive."

The full interview with Szczesny will appear on Arsenal Player soon.

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