Steve Bould is set to mark his first game without Arsene Wenger by his side as the Gunners set to face Montpellier in tonight’s Champions League clash.The 49 year-old former defender stepped up to be Wenger’s assistant during the summer and has already drawn praise for helping tighten up Arsenal’s defence.
Wenger however, has been quick to play down Bould’s role stating, “We have not changed our training, I build the training sessions and they will remain like that. I’ve been coaching for 30 years not just since Steve Bould arrived in August.”
Wenger will begin his touchline ban tonight for the first three Group B matches after criticising a referee following last season’s Champions League exit to AC Milan and Bould will supervise the team for the tie against Montpellier. Wenger has suggested that Uefa president Michel Platini, did not agree with his ban — his third since March 2011 — and that the system was flawed.
Wenger was quoted as saying, “Uefa said, even Platini, that they should let people work even when they are suspended. It’s part of the job, it’s restriction of work. But I don’t make a fuss of it.”
Let’s not forget – that I was suspended last year for having done what they told me I can do,” Wenger said.
“When I went back there and said: ’Why do you want to punish me?’ They said: ’Because you communicated with your bench.’ I said: ’But you allowed me to do it!’ They said: ’We made a mistake. But we punish you anyway.’”
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