Kieran Gibbs Hails the Bould effect by AM
Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has come out and praised the impact that Steve Bould has made this season on Arsenal’s defense.
Arsenal have conceded just three goals in six matches so far this season (in all competition) and statistically hold the meanest defense in the Premier League along with Chelsea. In fact the three goals that has been conceded are – one conceded due to a goalkeeping mistake, another from a penalty while yesterday Manchester City scored from a Corner.
Most of the credit for this significant improvement at the back is given to the arrival of Steve Bould. The former Arsenal defender, who replaced Pat Rice as Wenger’s assistant is believed to have helped the Arsenal manager in organizing the defense. The Gunners have defended set pieces superbly this season (one of their biggest weak point last season), and have only conceded one goal from set pieces so far.
Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal’s left back, has hailed the impact of Steve Bould on the side. The defender said that Bould has introduced new training routines and gives attentions to minute details. Gibbs has also expressed his gratitude to Bould, who was incidentally the person who recommended Arsene Wenger to promote Gibbs into the first team.
“You look at last season, we conceded too many goals and we knew we had to improve,” Gibbs told reporters.
“We just looked at where we were going wrong – and attention to detail comes into it a lot with Steve Bould. He’s very focused on the small things.
“He played quite recently and we do a lot more stuff by splitting the team into separate training sessions. We are getting a good understanding.”
Gibbs was particularly grateful for the influence of Bould given that the former Arsenal defender recommended to Wenger that the full-back be promoted to first-team training after impressing for the club’s youth sides.
“Steve was the one who said to the boss to put me in to train with the first-team for the first time,” he revealed.
“Now he’s working with us I want to show him my appreciation for what he’s done and how he helped me. I feel I want to give that back and show him he was right in what he did for me.”
Next week Arsenal takes on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. It will be another test for the defense, which will come up against one most expensive attacking quartet in England at the moment.