Emirates boss wants to rediscover famous backline.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a major overhaul of his coaching staff in order to address the frailties in his squad.
The Gunners boss is deeply concerned by the defensive problems and mental weakness his young squad has shown over the last few years.
The Frenchman is also aware his assistant manager, Pat Rice, was close to retiring this summer and a replacement needs to be found.
Wenger’s preferred choice to replace his long-time friend is Steve Bould, currently the youth team coach.
But with Rice’s u-turn, Bould will still be offered the chance to come and work with the first-team as part of a new defensive coaching pairing with Martin Keown.
The football pundit has also been offered the chance to return to the club as Wenger wants to utilise their experience and help the club return to the famous days of defensive solidity.
Wenger wants a fresh approach to fixing the problems he has at the back and is confident the duo can restore confidence to his battered squad.
It is also understood club legend, Tony Adams, was offered the chance to return as well but prefers to stay managing in Azerbaijan.
Another former player who is being touted for a first-team coaching role is Liam Brady, the former assistant to Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager.
The Irishman is currently the director of youth academy at Arsenal but Wenger may be able to convince him to take a more senior hands-on role.