Bould: Attacking football is a must

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Steve Bould believes Arsenal are obliged to play an attractive brand of football and will continue to do so following his promotion to assistant manager alongside Arsene Wenger.


Bould stepped into the job vacated by Pat Rice after 44 years with the club, and the former Arsenal defender says he is committed to helping Arsenal maintain their stylish brand of play, despite his connections to the defence-first George Graham era of the club.


“There is a brand and philosophy that we have to play,” he told Arsenal Player. “That is No 1 whether it is youth players, reserve players or first-team players.


“All of our kids have to be technically sound and able to play and that is the basis we all work off. First and foremost is the philosophy of the football club and the manager.”


Bould was promoted to Rice’s job having demonstrated his ability with the Gunners under-18 side, while Neil Banfield was also moved up to the position of first team coach from the reserve side manager.


Bould believes the appointment of two coaches from inside the club demonstrates continuity that can only be beneficial to the Arsenal’s long-term future.


“It shows you that the youth set-up is right if the coaching staff who have been through [the Club] are deemed good enough to work with the first-team players. I think that's the way it should be,” he added.


The newly promoted pair share a coaching philosophy, says Banfield, which he believes will be a major benefit to the Gunners next term.


“I have known Steve since he took the Under-12s - we have had some laughs and he has worked extremely hard at his coaching and is an extremely good coach,” Banfield told Arsenal Player.


“We think the same way, and while we have our differences on things, we are very flexible. We listen and have the same coaching philosophy, the same firmness and the same direction and hopefully we can take that on together in the first team.


“When you look at someone like myself, who came in to take over the Under-14s and Steve the Under-12s, you can see the Club has a very strong coaching ethic, and that comes from the manager.


“He has always spoken about promoting from within, so you always have something to strive for. The manager has rewarded us for our hard work and we are really looking forward to it.”

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