Arsene Wenger wants to be succeeded by Steve Bould?

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Arsenal favourite Steve Bould is becoming an increasing favourite to replace Arsene Wenger once the Frenchman ends his current contract in 2017.

According to the Daily Mirror the former Gunners centre-back is in line to become the successor to his current boss in three years, having impressed Wenger since being appointed as his No.2 two years ago. Now apparently there is a growing sense of optimism within the Emirates Stadium that Bould will be the one to succeed Wenger when he finally steps down from his position, despite his lack of first-team managerial experience.

51-year-old Bould joined the Frenchman’s staff in 2001 when he was appointed as youth team coach, and was elevated to his assistant after Pat Rice retired in 2012. The ex-Arsenal centre-back played 287 times for the north London giants between 1988 and 1999, and has a solid base of fans at the club who would no doubt back him were he to attempt to fill Wenger’s shoes.

Naturally there are those who will be worried over a repeat of the failings witnessed at Old Trafford last term, when Manchester United tried to replace Sir Alex Ferguson with someone external. Bould’s knowledge of the club’s inner-workings, and his relationship with the first-team could perhaps stand him in good stead to oversee a smooth transition to a post-Wenger Arsenal.

The situation may change if for some reason Wenger isn’t still manager in 2017, but having recently penned a lucrative new three-year deal it looks certain that he will stay.

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