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Revealed: The Man Who Will Fix Arsenal’s Defence

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Arsenal already have the man who can fix the defensive frailties that have plagued the start of the season.

The Gunners have won one, drawn one and currently lie fourth from bottom after five league games.

It has been their worst start in the history of the Premier League with the fans enduring humiliating defeats of 8-2 to Manchester United and 4-3 against Blackburn.

Critics have called on manager Arsene Wenger to bring in a specialised defensive coach – with Martin Keown and Tony Adams the front-runners.

“I have just completed 30 years of coaching,” the Frenchman retorted when the idea was put to him. “I don’t want to answer this kind of question.”

Those former players were part of the famous Arsenal backline that is arguably the finest defence English football has ever seen.

But the solution lays closer to home and in another member of that unit – Steve Bould.

The 48-year-old played for the Gunners for 11 years up to 1999, making 372 appearances and winning seven major honours, and was a key member of the back four that George Graham taught the art of defending.

Steve was stalwart of the defence during much of his playing career and known for his dominant, uncompromising performances.

Since retiring he has been on the Arsenal coaching staff but has mainly concentrated on the youth teams in the academy.

He has presided over several highly-successful sides during the past decade, overseeing the 2009 Youth Cup triumph and consecutive FA Academy Premier League titles.

A highly-rated and astute coach, Steve oversees every game from the sidelines and also takes training, working closely with the rest of the Academy’s staff.

This also puts him in an ideal position to be promoted to work with the senior team.

He knows the club inside-out and will have worked with a lot of the young first-teamers, such as Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny.

The current coaching staff at the Emirates are still top of their games but sometimes a fresh approach is needed.

Steve Bould has the ability to change the future by teaching the current crop of stars about the past.

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