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Why Steve Bould, not Arsene Wenger, wrote Arsenal’s notes before Stoke

Steve Bould vs Arsene Wenger

When Arsenal fans got their hands on the matchday programme before the Stoke game on Sunday, many were surprised.

It’s a staple of every edition that Arsene Wenger writes the notes in the programme.

Yet, in a major change from the norm Wenger’s notes were nowhere to be seen. Instead it was left to Steve Bould to write the column.

Of course, Bould also took the Arsenal presser before the Stoke game as Wenger was ill with a sore throat and lost voice.

Arsenal fans have been trying to understand why Bould wrote the notes, not Wenger. Is this a sign of Wenger’s impending Arsenal exit?

No, that doesn’t seem the case.

Instead, the notes are usually compiled by mixing quotes said at the presser with a couple of extra lines from the manager.

Bould on Alexandre Lacazette

When it came to the substance of Bould’s article, he turned the spotlight on Alexandre Lacazette.

Lacazette has failed to hit the high notes many expected when he joined from Lyon last summer.

Moreover, his place in the team is now under major threat since the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Yet, Bould was keen to stress that Lacazette is the real deal who can yet deliver for the Gunners:

He’s actually a very, very, very good football player. He could play at number 10 – he’s really good.

He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s not an out-and-out striker, he can play.

The physical element has surprised him and caught up with him, which it does to many players who come from abroad. We’re hoping he comes back sharp.

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