Wenger and Bould 'rift' affecting Arsenal progress

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Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes a 'rift' may have formed between manager Arsene Wenger and recently appointed assistant boss Steve Bould.

Pessimism looms large at the Emirates Stadium once more following an initial patch of optimism at the start of the season, with consecutive defeats to Norwich and Schakle highlighting Arsenal's frailties.

Thursday's Arsenal AGM also served to anger supporters with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and chairman Peter Hill-Wood both coming in for criticism from those in attendance.

There could be more trouble ahead for Arsenal, however, with suggestions of problems occurring between Wenger and Bould now beginning to be voiced.

According to Robson, who played for Arsenal 150 times in the 1980s, Bould is growing frustrated with his role under Wenger due to not being given enough to to work with the Gunners' defence.

“I hoped that [when Steve Bould was appointed] he would do more with the defence but I’m not sure whether he’s being allowed to do that by Arsene Wenger," Robson told talkSPORT.

“I think there might be a rift in the camp between those two from what I’ve heard.”

Bould won the league title three times during 11 years as an Arsenal player, before impressing with his work with the club's youth teams.

The former centre-back was promoted during the summer following the retirement of Pat Rice, who had been associated with the club for 44 years as a player and coach.

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