Is Wenger preparing Steve Bould to be his replacement?

After Pat Rice stepped down as Arsene Wenger’s assistant after 44 years with the Gunners, Arsenal kept to their ideals of promoting from within the club. Another former player who has since been working behind the scenes at the Emirates is Steve Bould. He told Arsenal Player about his delight in stepping up from the youth team to become Wenger’s new assistant.

“It is more than excitement. It is an absolute privilege and an honour. I know I have some big boots to fill with Pat having spent 44 years at the club and that is going to be the hard part.”

Wenger – Pat Rice is a true Arsenal legend

As it has been expected, Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager Pat Rice (63) will retire at the end of the season after unparralelled srvice to Arsenal spanning over four decades.

He first joined the club as a youth team player in 1964, and after that he made no more than 528 senior appearances during 14 seasons. Later on, Pat spent 4 years at Watford only to come back as youth team coach to his boyhood team.

Next he joined Le Professeur’s backroom staff back at Arsenal, following the Frenchman’s arrival in 1996, and after becoming Wenger’s right hand man, Pat’s hard work and devotion helped the Gunners win 3 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups.

At Last – A Proper Defensive Coach for Arsenal!

After 44 years at Arsenal, Pat Rice is leaving the club after the last match of the season at West Brom on Sunday. Arsene Wenger has called on another Arsenal legend, Steve Bould, to occupy his place on the bench from next season. Tony Adams was in contention for the job but has lost out to his old team mate.

There will be quite a few changes behind the scenes at the Emirates this summer, with another confirmed change being the promotion to first team coach of current reserve team manager Neil Banfield. Current first team coach Boro Primorac will keep his job but share his duties with Banfield.

Van Persie pleased with Henry signing, and wants Tony Adams to join as well!

The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is more than happy that Arsene Wenger has brought his old idol Thierry Henry back to the Emirates this week, and believes the 34 year-old still has a lot to offer Arsenal.

“Thierry’s been fantastic,” Van Persie said. “I played with him for three years, and I’m happier than anyone to see him back here. When you train with guys like that, you can see that with every single touch he takes, he knows exactly what he is doing.