Photo: Legend turned coach Steve Bould bibs up and gets involved in Arsenal training

The club's assistant manager was well involved in the session yesterday.

Arsenal take on Stoke City this weekend, in a fixture that Arsene Wenger has never truly enjoyed. Add to that an historical rivalry with Potters boss Mark Hughes dating back to his Blackburn Rovers days and this should be a fairly interesting fixture.

The club have recently been short of defensive options with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker injured, although the former should be back in action this weekend whilst the German is also approaching a return to full fitness.

So Arsenal should not need to revert to shock tactics like bringing assistant coach Steve Bould in from the cold. However the 52-year-old, who started his career with Stoke, certainly seemed to be getting involved in training yesterday.

The former centre-back was pictured bibbed up and ready for action at London Colney yesterday.

Bould may be a little bit past his prime – he retired 15 years ago – but the twice capped England international could sure teach the boys at Arsenal a thing or two from his 372 games at the back for The Gunners in his career.

But on a serious note, it is certainly a good sign to see the Arsenal coach getting hands-on in training as Arsenal prepare for a tough fixture this season.

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