Parlour: Bould will be hit as Wenger’s new No.2 at Arsenal

Ray Parlour believes Steve Bould can give Arsenal fresh impetus and provide Gunners players with the inspiration to get back amongst the silverware next season.

Arsenal have confirmed that assistant manager Pat Rice will be leaving the club at the end of the season, with youth team coach Bould named as Arsene Wenger’s new No.2. Bould was put in charge of Arsenal’s youth team in 2001, leading us to the 2009 Youth Cup and consecutive FA Academy Premier League titles.

The 49-year-old made 372 appearances for the club as a player between 1998 and 1999, winning three league titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.

And Bould’s former Highbury team-mate Parlour says the appointment is good news for the club and its supporters. He said: “Steve Bould has obviously been doing a great job with the youngsters at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger has seen first hand how he coached and handles players and motivates them.

“He will bring a new dimension to the role and hopefully he can help turn things round at Arsenal and the club can mount a better challenge for honours next season.”

“Take nothing away from Pat Rice who has been such a loyal servant to the club. But his retirement gives Arsenal the chance to take a fresh look at things and I hope that can lift the players.”

Wenger paid tribute to Rice, who is calling time on his 44-year association with the club. He said: “Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal Football Club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion to this club.

“Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club. I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole. On the training pitches and on matchdays, Pat has always been a passionate, loyal and insightful colleague, who we will all miss.

“Thank you Pat, we’ll miss you and all of us wish you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future. Although, we’ll still see Pat a lot, as I know he’s planning to come to all the home matches as a supporter!”

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