Thomas Vermaelen has become the latest Arsenal player to praise the work being done by new assistant manager Steve Bould.
The soon-to-be-captain follows Wojciech Szczesny’s comments by talking about what Bould has brought to the training ground, especially from a defensive point of view, and how it will benefit the team in the season ahead.
“Steve is really good to work with, especially for defenders as he has been a defender himself,” he said in an interview with Arsenal Player.
“He knows what it is all about and gives us a lot of tips. He works a lot on the shape of the team and that is very important, so I am very happy he came to work with the first team.
“He is very focused on details. A lot of players, because we are getting older, we know how to play. But he looks at details and the shape of your body and to be honest I am learning a lot from him.”
Arsenal’s defensive record was poor last season and while many will point to the back four and perceived weaknesses there, it’s interesting that Bould appears to be looking at it differently. Defending is not the sole preserve of the defenders, it’s something the team
“We have to get the shape of the team right,” he said. “We have been working on it throughout pre-season and we are focusing on that.
“I think having your shape right is one of the most important things in football, whether you have the ball or don’t have the ball. We are working really hard on that and Steve does the job really well.”
Which is great to hear, let’s hope some added defensive discipline throughout the team and the attacking signings we’ve made make for a more productive season.