Gunners aces fear Wenger rift
Relationship with his Arsenal No2 Bould under ‘strain’
ARSENAL stars fear Arsene Wenger’s relationship with his new assistant Steve Bould is breaking down.
SunSport can reveal tensions are mounting and cracks appearing in the Gunners dressing room.
Tuesday’s humiliating defeat to League Two Bradford has exposed the unrest, with some first-team players becoming increasingly sick of trying to play pretty football with no bite or cutting edge.
Wenger went ballistic at half-time in the Capital One Cup tie, accusing his stars of “lacking focus and application”.
The manager also tore into Gervinho for an atrocious first-half miss.
But it was to little effect and after the shootout defeat the players talked of increasing strain between Wenger and No 2 Bould.
Former player Bould only replaced long-term servant Pat Rice in the summer.
A source said: “There does not seem to be much communication between the two.
“It is a shame because all the players are behind Wenger despite the results but equally, they all respect Bould. Things are strained.”
The source said that Wenger is still in total charge of the players.
They added: “Bould worked with the defence before the start of the season but he has not done too many sessions since.
“Wenger remains in complete control over everything.”
This belief is backed up by former Arsenal star Stewart Robson, who called Wenger a “dictator”.
Wenger has already reacted angrily in public when asked about Bould’s involvement.
Some of Arsenal’s players are also frustrated that the team are continually encouraged to play like Barcelona when it is not working.