For months, maybe even years now the problem to Arsenal's success has been defensive problems and things haven't changed since then. From the successful era of Tony Adams, Sol Campbell and even Steve Bould himself, Arsenal have been lacking a top class centre-half ever since, and with these problems still lurking at the football club, in the summer of 2012/13 arrived a new face to sit beside Wenger, and that man being Steve Bould.
So came Bould, and after taking over from Pat Rice, the differences were huge, in the opening three games of the campaign Arsenal kept three clean sheets and one being a huge one away at Anfield. Bould was having a positive impact on Arsenal and there were some qualities our defence used which he would have been proud of back in the day: a high defensive line to cause an offside trap, raising the arm for an offside to appeal and staying strong in the tackle and not committing to many men forward.
It was obvious things were changing and this was with a fairly weak back four of Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker and the un-proven Jenkinson, not to mention sat in front of Vito Mannone. Questions speculated the press about whether it was his influence that Arsenal were coming out successful but ever since then, Wenger has been adamant to let Bould take over these defensive duties, and since then, results have changed.
Leaking goals left right and centre with horrendous errors costing us huge goals: Vermaelen miss kicking the ball leading to Van Persie's crushing finish at Old Trafford, Vermaelen miss kicking the ball leading to Suarez's goal at The Emirates in the opening 3 minutes and not to forget the mystery of how we conceded the same goal twice at White Heart Lane on Sunday. See the repetition here? Going forward has never been our problem, but alas, defending has.
Since his heroic start at the Gunners, Steve Bould has been pushed back to a further more distant view of defending, and speculation arrived that he was not to take training one day when Mr. Wenger was absent. This baffling story ruptured Arsenal's campaign and the fans are beginning to wonder why Arsene Wenger is not letting Bould take charge of our defensive duties.
When you look at our back line you see talent; Vermaelen is an international level player and his recent seasons have made him captain of one of the best clubs in the country, Nacho Monreal is second in line for the Spanish left back position, Bacary Sagna has proved to be the best right back in England since arriving and Laurent Koscielny has been influential in our back four ever since the beginning of last season even amounting to speculation that Barcelona wanted him. But all we need now is for Wenger to be less controlling and let Steve Bould do his bit in order to bring success at the highest level.
Let's say Bould does take over and we bring in a class centre back over summer... Clean sheets will not be hard to come by as we will have a leader and an organised back four sat in front of a quality, young Polish keeper. So please Arsene Wenger, give us what we want. We want Steve Bould. We want to compete for trophies once more. We are Arsenal.
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