Why it is ridiculous to start praising Arsenal's Steve Bould

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Why sudden praise for Arsenal coach Steve Bould is unfair on Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger coached a fantastic Gunners win over Manchester City last weekend, but not according to everybody.

Former Manchester City and Arsenal striker Niall Quinn told TalkSport the club's 2-0 win was largely down to the defensive coaching of Steve Bould.

Now this is not to say Bould had nothing to do with the victory, but to suddenly give him credit is unfair on Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has copped more flak this season than any other, with a banner among fans demanding he quit the club, to personal abuse suffered at a train station.

To deny him a moment of glory, only belittles an achievement of winning away at the reigning champions.

As for Steve Bould, his involvement when Arsenal conceded six away at City last season, six away at Chelsea and five at Liverpool was largely ignored, and Quinn certainly did not bring it up.

Nor was it under question when Arsenal's defence looked a shambles away at Stoke just two months ago, yet Quinn decides now is the time to claim Bould has been 'let off the leash' by Arsene Wenger to implement his ideas.

Now there is an argument to suggest Bould has been given greater freedom in response to the Stoke game, but without facts from Arsene Wenger to back this up, the Frenchman deserves the benefit of the doubt to revel in his own praise.

It's like Andy Murray's nationality dilemma in tennis. When he wins he is British, and when he loses he is referred to as Scottish.

When Arsenal lose it's Arsene Wenger's fault, and when they win it is down to Steve Bould.

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