Arsenal boss denies rift with assistant Bould

Gunners says he has a strong relationship with the former centre-half. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied that he is...

Gunners says he has a strong relationship with the former centre-half.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied that he is at loggerheads with assistant Steve Bould, claiming he has a ‘united staff’ at the Emirates and a ‘strong’ relationship with Bould.

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Reports had suggested the Bould, formerly a centre-half who played under Wenger, wants to do more on the training ground, with Wenger preferring to hand duties to fitness coach Tony Colbert when he is unavailable.

But Wenger denied suggestions that Bould is unhappy, stressing there is backroom harmony at the North London club.

“We are a united staff team. You can unfortunately not control all the lies that are written in the newspapers,” the 63-year-old is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“I believe it’s a good opportunity to show that we are strong inside the Club and let people talk.

“We are criticised when our results are not good – we have to take that on the chin. That we have to face a lot of lies is less acceptable.”

The Frenchman also insisted that he still has the determination and hunger to bring success back to the club, despite a number of leading figures calling for his head.

Following the club’s embarrassing League Cup exit at League Two Bradford, Wenger said he has deep love for the club and is the man to take the Gunners forward.

“My job is to be determined and give importance to what is important. What is important is I love football, I love this club and I give my best for this club.

“The rest, I cannot interfere with that. Believe me, I am highly focused on doing that and all the rest, that doesn’t interfere with my thinking at all. I am very determined and very hungry and if I wouldn’t be, I wouldn’t sit in front of you.

“I can understand that people criticise when the results are not as expected but it looks like it has become the modern way to think. You say that 16 years can be a handicap but as well it can be an advantage because you have experience, you love the club.

“If I sit here, it is because I have really shown how much I love this club. As well, you know you have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.

“I can understand people criticise when the results are not as expected. It looks like has become the modern way to think.

“You say that 16 years can be a handicap, but it can also be an advantage because you have experience, you love the club.

“If I sit here, it is because I have really shown how much I love his club. We have gone through difficult periods before and you know how to turn it around.”

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