Arsene Wenger’s new assistant Steve Bould has received nothing but praise recently. He has been given most of the credit for the new solidity in the Arsenal defence that saw us let in just two goals in the first five league games. Both of those cvould be attributed to goalkeeper error so the defence was looking irresistible. The last two games, however, have given Arsenal fans a reason for concern again.
Bould is willing to take responsibility for those performances, just as he was given credit for the improvement. The former Arsenal defender believes that the players were deflated by the Chelsea defeat last weekend, and this contributed to the nervousness on view against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
“Getting beaten on Saturday may have knocked our confidence a bit. We’re hoping that’s gone and we get back on track.”
When asked specifically about the recent mistakes at the back from Arsenal, Bould refused to shirk ant responsibility.”Down to me, isn’t it? We will look at it and try to correct it.
“The goals against us, in the main, have been set pieces which I think we can improve on. I think we’re doing ok.”
We shouldn’t be too hard on Bould or the defence, though, as they are getting used to a new system and the season is still young. Having said that, we cannot afford to take too long getting it right. To continue to push for the title Arsenal should really look at tomorrow’s trip to West Ham as a must win game.
Mertesacker and Vermaelen will probably renew their central partnership and the full backs have been outstanding so, with a little confidence, Arsenal have an excellent back four. Arteta has been brilliant in front of them, but West Ham are a very physical and hard working team. Perhaps Wenger should sacrifice a little creative flair and start Francis Coquelin alongside Arteta to give us more defensive protection, at least in the first half.
Arsenal have plenty of goals in the team, so a clean sheet should see us grab all the points and move up the table again.
Come on you Gunners!