Szczesny hails impact of new Arsenal assistant manager Bould

Poland international believes work done in training with former Gunners defender will have huge benefits this season and admits they must improve at the back this campaign

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hailed the impact of new assistant manager Steve Bould at the club.

The former England international was the named as the successor to Pat Rice when he retired from the game at the end of the last season, after spending 16 years as Arsene Wenger’s number two.

Szczesny feels the work done with Bould on the training pitch, particularly with defending, will have great benefits for Arsenal this season.

The Pole told the club’s official website: "We have a new assistant manager in Steve Bould and he has been doing a lot of defensive work on the training pitch, which has been very good so far I believe, so hopefully we will concede less as well, which is my personal hope anyway."

Wenger’s side conceded 49 goals in the league last season, although the 21-year-old believes that was due to an inconsistent line-up in defence, something which he hopes will be improved upon in the coming campaign.

Szczesny added: "We didn't have a lot of luck with injuries to defenders last season. Hopefully this year we can have a settled back four, a strong bench as well, and concede less goals. As I said, with the work Steve Bould has been doing so far, it's looking positive."