Wenger has confidence in Bould

Gunners boss unhappy with UEFA ban

Steve Bould: Will take charge on the bench at Montpellier

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Arsene Wenger admits he will 'feel powerless' observing Arsenal's clash with Montpellier from the stands but has faith in the experience of new assistant manager Steve Bould.

Wenger was fined €40,000 (£33,000) and hit with a touchline ban after he confronted referee Damir Skomina in the wake of last season's UEFA Champions League defeat by AC Milan at Emirates Stadium.

That followed on from the Frenchman being sanctioned after his post-match outburst following defeat in Barcelona during March 2011, which saw him banished from the dugout for the crucial Champions League qualifier against Udinese last season - only to then communicate with the Arsenal bench, which again saw him fall foul of Europe's governing body.

Powerless

Wenger, though, sees no reason why it should impact on Arsenal's performance in France on Tuesday evening, where Bould will take charge on the sidelines.

"I will feel powerless, but sometimes have that feeling on the bench anyway," said Wenger.

"We talk about all the possibilities before the game - if we defend or if we attack, if a player makes this run or that run - and go through all the solutions.

"An element of the unexpected can happen, but Steve has experience."

The Arsenal manager maintains the guidance received by the governing body is far from clear.

"Honestly, nobody knows really - even at UEFA - what is allowed and not allowed," he said. "When I ask: 'But what is it really about?' Nobody can tell me."

Wenger added: "Honestly many people in UEFA, including (UEFA president] Platini, said we should still let people work even if they are suspended.

"It's part of their job, and therefore a restriction of work, but I don't make a fuss of it. They love to suspend me."

Former Arsenal centre-back Bould, 49, has cut an impressive figure alongside Wenger in the dugout after becoming assistant manager following Pat Rice's retirement.

Many have suggested the renowned former no-nonsense defender has had a major impact on the Gunners' rearguard, which has conceded only one goal so far this season.

However, Wenger insists it is very much business as usual, adding: "We have not changed anything. I build the training sessions and it will remain like that.

"I have been coaching for 30 years, so am not going to change things because Steve Bould arrived in August, but he does a great job."

Style

He added: "At the end of the day it's important that we have a style of play and people are convinced of that style of play, coaches and players.

"After that, everybody has his own personality and I have chosen Steve because I think he will add something to our team, but the basis on our work, that is well integrated by everybody at the club.

"That's why I choose as well people who have worked with us before and are convinced by what we do."