Wenger praises Bould impact
Arsenal manager believes his defence will impress this season
Last Updated: September 6, 2012 6:28pm
Steve Bould: Earning praise for his impact at the Emirates Stadium
Arsene Wenger is confident assistant boss Steve Bould can help shore up the Arsenal defence this season.
The Gunners have kicked off the season with three consecutive clean sheets and picked up their first win at Liverpool on Sunday with goals from summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has already hailed Bould's influence since replacing Pat Rice as first-team coach in the summer and Wenger is encouraged by the instant impact.
Speaking at the UEFA elite club coaches forum in Nyon, Switzerland, the Arsenal manager said: "We have played two teams who didn't really attack, but he is doing a good job.
"We continue our training regime. He has taken over from Pat Rice for the defensive job where he is doing very well.
"Will we finish with the best defence in the league? I hope so."
Bould was part of Arsenal's famous defence that made an art form out of 1-0 wins.
Asked if this would mark a return to a negative style, Wenger said: "No, no, we want to score goals.
"But Steve Bould is doing very well and I am confident we [will] have a good defensive record at the end of the season."