Arsene Wenger assistant Steve Bould describes new Arsenal role as 'an absolute privilege'


Steve Bould has described his appointment as Arsenal's assistance manager as "an absolute privilege".

The former Gunners defender, who had been working in the club's youth set-up, has replaced Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger's right-hand man.

Former reserve-team coach Neil Banfield has become the club's new first-team coach.

"It is more than excitement, it is an absolute privilege and an honour," Bould told Arsenal Player.

"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.

"I will be learning on the job a little bit but myself and Neil Banfield are more than excited."

Wenger added: "I have always felt it is important to have people around who understand what this great club is all about.

"With Steve and Neil joining the first-team staff, it ensures we carry forward our traditions and approach in a consistent way.

"I am looking forward to working closely with Steve and Neil and wish them every success."