Sunday, 6 April 2014

Walcott: Bould must take some of the credit for our defensive solidity

Theo Walcott says Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould must be credited with helping the Gunners increase the number of clean sheets they've achieved this season.

Arsene Wenger's side have managed to lock out teams in 13 of their 32 Premier League matches so far this season.

And Walcott - who is currently sidelined with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury that will keep him out of this summer's World Cup - says Bould can take some of the credit for the club's shut-out record.

The Arsenal attacker told Sky Sport's Goal on Sunday programme:
"We still like to be positive but you want to be winning games 1-0 and digging out results and Bouldy [Steve Bould] has been working on the defence a lot. 
"He's not just been with the back four and the goalkeeper, though, but the whole squad, as if one member of the unit is not working well it can mess up the whole team. 
"We have learnt to press as a team and not commit too many bodies forward and that has meant we haven't conceded too many goals. 
"But our centre-backs, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, have been fantastic and so solid for us, and so has Thomas Vermaelen whenever he has come in."
Bould is in his second season as Wenger's assistant following the retirement of Pat Rice in the summer of 2012.

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