Bould left with headache

Arsenal assistant takes charge for victory over Montpellier

Steve Bould: Arsenal No.2 was at the helm with Arsene Wenger in the stands

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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould admitted he had been left with a headache after taking charge for the 2-1 victory over Montpellier in the UEFA Champions League.

Bould was in command from the dug-out with Arsene Wenger restricted to a seat in the stands as he served the first game of his three-match European touchline ban.

The Gunners fell behind early on after Younes Belhanda's cheeky penalty, but responded immediately and forged ahead thanks to Lukas Podolski and Gervinho.

Montpellier were on top for long periods after the break and came close to levelling through Renu Cabella and Belhanda, but the Gunners held on.

Fantastic

Asked on Sky Sports how he had found being in the hot-seat, Bould said: "It gives you a headache! But we've won and the lads have been fantastic.

"That was tough, it was really tough. In the first half we played really well and deserved to come in ahead. In the second half we looked tired physically and dropped a little bit and they played well.

"A lot of our players have had internationals and been travelling. It was warm here, hot and humid and it's a difficult place to come and play, so we're delighted.

"It is a really tough place to come and play and we kept the crowd quiet until 50 minutes onwards.

"The lads did what they were asked to do, they defended well and kept the ball well. But we struggled with that in the second half and that made it difficult."