By Nik Brumsack
Arsène Wenger says he is happy with the impact Steve Bould has had on the first team since becoming Assistant Manager.
Arsenal have already kept three clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with Bould seen by many as being central to what has been an impressive start defensively.
Wenger agrees that Bould, who he describes as ‘clear in his mind, well focused and intelligent’ has had an encouraging start to his new role, but believes it’s too soon to get carried away with Arsenal’s defensive record.
“He’s doing his job very well. I believe it’s a bit early to speak about our defensive record, because we’ve played only four games,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Don’t forget that the basis of our team is a very offensive philosophy. So sometimes, if we concede goals in the future, it will not be Steve Bould’s fault. It will only be a consequence of the way we see football.”
Bould was elevated from his role as under-18 coach following Pat Rice’s retirement at the end of last season. He will take charge of the first team tomorrow, as Wenger serves the first of a three game ban for improper conduct during last season’s 3-0 victory against AC Milan.
Ex-Arsenal defender Bould wasn’t the only coach promoted to the first team during the summer. Neil Banfield, previously coach of the reserve team, has become First Team Coach – with Wenger happy at having another assistant on board.
“You know we specialised a bit more our units - Forwards, midfielders, defenders. I wanted to have one more coach that you can really divide in three,” he said.
“I have three assistants now and I can supervise as well all the groups. It’s a bit easier for me as well to have a hold on everything.”
Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal PlayerCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Sep 2012