Steve Bould to leave Arsenal this summer after 33 years with the club

Bould to leave his role as boss of the U23 side; he won the double as a player and spent six seasons as Arsene Wenger's number two; Per Mertesacker: "Steve will always be an important figure in our history."

Steve Bould's Arsenal under-23 side finished 10th in Premier League 2 this season
Image: Steve Bould will leave his role as U23s boss at Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed that Steve Bould's 33-year association with the club will come to an end this summer.

The double-winning defender, who spent six seasons as Arsene Wenger's number two, is to leave his role as U23s boss.

Academy manager Per Mertesacker told the club's official website: "Steve has been a fantastic servant for us on and off the pitch.

Bould assisted legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for six seasons
Image: Bould assisted Arsene Wenger for six seasons

"His record as a player speaks for itself and he has been an inspiration to generations of young players coming through the academy.

"This has been a very hard decision to make. Steve's contribution to the U23s and the club as a whole has been huge and he will always be an important figure in our history."

The 58-year-old Bould, who began his career with home-town club Stoke, made a total of 372 appearances for Arsenal.

He won three league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup, before leaving for Sunderland in July 1999.

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He returned to take up a series of academy coaching roles before being elevated to the senior set-up under Wenger.

Technical director Edu said: "We are massively grateful to Steve for everything. He has helped develop so many top professionals and his experience and character has had a huge impact.

"I would like to add my thanks for his contribution and wish him and his family well for the future."

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