Nigel Winterburn has taken his first steps into top-flight coaching after being appointed as defensive coach by Blackburn Rovers.

The former Arsenal left-back joins new manager Paul Ince at Ewood Park and will travel with the Blackburn squad to their pre-season training camp in Germany this week.

Winterburn spent 13 years at Arsenal, winning three League titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup. He has also worked for the Club in a broadcasting capacity, co-commentating for Arsenal TV last season.

Winterburn was voted in at No 32 in Arsenal.com's recent poll, Gunners' 50 Greatest Players. The top five will be revealed this week.

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