Unai Emery full new team confirmed – Bouldy remains in place

The official Arsenal website have now confirmed the full line-up of coaches that will be working under Unai Emery next season, and steve Bould has been retained as Assistant Head Coach but alongside Emery’s usual sidekick Juan Carcedo.

The rest of his team are; First Team Coach, Pablo Villanueva; Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess; Strength and Conditioning Coach, Julen Masach; Goalkeeping Coach, Javi Garcia; Goalkeeping Coach, Sal Bibbo and Data/Video Analyst, Victor Manas.

Although there have been a massive amount of changes the Gunners Chief Ivan Gazidis is pleased that Bould, along with a couple of others, have been kept to help ease the effects on all the players who have never known a system without Arsene Wenger at the helm. Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us.

“I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us. As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”

So we are all now prepared for our brave new future. It remains to be seen if there is too much disruption in such a short space of time, but we have many reasons to be optimistic.

Exciting times ahead!



  1. Sue says:

    Will Steve Bould be more vocal this season??!!!
    Thought he’d have been shown the door

    1. Billy says:

      We will see now if Wenger held him back or not

      1. Ozziegunner says:


    2. Goonerboy says:

      You know have just spoken my mind Sue, we just have to wait and see, i doubt it though…

      1. Goonerboy says:

        You know you have***

    3. Ken1945 says:

      Jon, couldn’t agree more.
      This is a site for Gooners to discuss together and sometimes get very personal with each other.
      Thumbs would not achieve that in any way whatsoever.

    4. Ken1945 says:

      Sue, so you think we might actually hear him chewing his gum instead of just watching!
      He obviously impressed the new regime, so I guess we accept their decision.

      1. Sue says:

        ? yes their decision is final, so we will see what he comes up with. Damn if only there was a chewing gum emoji ?

  2. Drew says:

    He’s there to give Stan “feedback” on the new regime ?

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  3. Counsel says:

    Exploring the enhanced driving capabilities With my new Range Rover Velar.I’m excited for the next season we have new players a new management team we will be a different weapon for sure

  4. Erm, thumbs button? Still not back?

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Quantic D:

      That reminds me, i “caught” Fatboy Gooney (dont know if you know him)on Arseblog and he is really enjoying the thumbs over there, could it be why he was there?

      Dont say i should have asked him, i cant cos am not a commenter there.

      So Admin, kindly re-introduce the thumbs as this could bring old posters back and add to the fun and excitement!
      Best regards…

      1. jon fox says:

        Goonerboy, When the thumbs went , I was cross and wanted them back. BUT, many who used the thumbs never astually wrote anything of their own ; many had not the language, intent or even thrt mental capability of putting their OWN thoughts on this site. Easy to thumb down someone but rather more difficult, even brave at times, to say why you disagree and counter with thouhts of your own. I have totally changed my stance , in the light of experience of not having the thumbs. It has improved the general standard of debate and reduced the level of those who have nothing to personally say. This is now my view and so I do NOT want the thumbs back. Please note that I and most who now post have actually got something to say, unlike the thumbs cowards/ illiterates/ semi-literates. This site is still far from perfect,; so is virtually ANYTHING world wide, in any sphere of life which is run by humans. But it is much better NOW.

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Jon, couldn’t agree more.
          This is a site for Gooners to discuss together and sometimes get very personal with each other.
          Thumbs would not achieve that in any way whatsoever.

          1. jon fox says:

            Ken, the more I read your posts in general and also read between the lines, so to speak, the more I believe we would get on famously in person should we ever meet. At a certain North London football ground , for instance? It might be wise for us to avoid one particular subject though( he added, mischievously!!).

          2. Ken1945 says:

            That being who buys the first round Jon?
            I think that we can gradually see the fanbase coming back together, especially as it seems everyone wants Emery to be the most successful manager of all time at our great club.
            Really can’t wait for the season to start with a united set of supporters.

          3. jon fox says:

            Of course I could lie and say that the subject to avoid was who buys the first round Ken, but I won’t! In any case you are far richer than I am since you can travel to Canada and I can just about afford Margate. Totally with you on the excitement building daily now til the season kicks off and our supporters being as one. Or even 60001 with NO empty seats. Who has impressed you in the WC so far, player wise?

          4. Ken1945 says:

            Well Jon, this could be where the love in ends!!

            Ozils performance yesterday was the only bright light in a terrible german performance.
            I hope the criticism he is receiving will make him come back with a point to prove.
            I guess I must mention our former player Harry Kane as well.
            He seems to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time.
            A very good player but in the wrong club!!

          5. jon fox says:

            Ken , I have read many comments on Ozil since their loss and most seem to be agreeing with you, including folk I know well . I hope but have real doubts, to be truthful, that Emery can properly motivate Arsenals most talented player and can get some consistency out of him. But only time will tell. What I do know – have always known – is that a properly motivated team can often overcome a better team on paper but who are less up for it. Remember our defeat in the cup at Forest as one prime example.

          6. jon fox says:

            Whoever made the decision to let Harry Kane leave us as a 10 or 11 year old, should lie very low, I suggest. But he would probably be knighted in Tottenham, presumably!

          7. Ken1945 says:

            I can say with complete confidence Jon that. this time at least. It wasn’t you know who… at least I think so!!!!
            OT I have just read that the new Spud stadium has risen from an estimated £345 million to 1billion pounds.
            They’ve also allowed for standing areas if the government allows it.
            Trying to find out more about season ticket prices and where away fans will be placed.

          8. Ozziegunner says:

            Yes jon, Liam Brady still has nightmares about this decision.

          9. Kenny Rolfe says:

            How nice it is to see two of our most experienced bloggers coming together for a very sensible and enjoyable debate. I feel the appointment of our new manager has done more for you two than you can imagine. You can always rely on Ozziegunner for correct information. So it was Liam Brady who let Harry Kane go to Tottenham, wow. As far as the World Cup’s concerned, can’t really get into this one, watching all these Tottenham players also still being in Thailand and watching games at 1 o’clock in the morning, sending blogs from my phone instead of my trusted computer. Anyway back on the 6th July, can’t wait for the season to start and to get blogging again. See you all soon.

        2. Goonerboy says:

          Chief Jon,

          I honestly cant argue with your stance at all, as it is SPOT ON! As i recall unreasonable posts and heavy thumbs down on sensible posts.
          Personally, i have never for once requested for the return until now, i am not bothered about it an inch.

          On a lightet note Jon, how has snubbing the World cup been for you? You are missing a great deal i tell you…

          1. Goonerboy says:


          2. jon fox says:

            Goonerboy, My personal vanity loves the “Chief” but I suggest “Your Royal Highness” would be even more flattering! I have only missed actually watching the WC, which has been INTESELY frustrating . But my “fan club” of friends and relatives take a sadistic delight in informing me of EVERY latest development. They all think I am crazy and who am I as , in truth, an ageing, balding, miserable old git, to even try to dissuade them. Sometimes the truth will out! Damn it! I don’t know if my “principles” will withstand England getting to the actual Final though, should it happen , as I hope it will. Sometimes it is best not to know and just see what happens.

          3. Kenny Rolfe says:

            With respect Goonerboy, I don’t blame Jon Fox for giving this World Cup a miss, I’ve watched World Cups since Chile ‘62 when Amarillo replaced the injured Pele in the final and scored two goals to beat Czechoslovakia 3-1. Sure the technology and tv camera angles get better every time but this year’s World Cup football guality has got to be the lowest I’ve ever known. With the likes of Panama, who would struggle in the National League, Saudi, Iran, Morocco. Tunisia, Japan etc replacing the likes of Italy, Holland, Rumania, Chile, Paraguay to me, makes the competition a joke. I know the World Cup is a completion for the World of football but it also demands the best footballing nations to be present

    2. arie82 says:

      It gone forever, except admint change the website for the third time

      1. Goonerboy says:

        Surely you dont mean that, and if you are right (which i hope not) we can use this off season to implement that right?

        1. Eddie Hoyte says:

          I don’t comment on that blog either but if that’s really Fatboy with those lame statements then he should stay there… We have enough pessimists and Wenger haters still spreading the Wenger hate on this site, we don’t need more to join.

          1. Goonerboy says:

            Eddie Hoyte my brother,

            I can see you are pissed already, but dont be, its all about fun and excitement, football for me is not a do or die, not anymore, so i prefer always the gracious and patient way.

    3. Simon Williams says:

      Think we’ll never see it again 🙁

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Like a Bat out of hell
        I’ll be gone when the morning comes
        When the night is over
        Like a Bat out of hell
        Ill be gone!, gone!, gone!

  5. Razor says:

    Bould should have been given the boot He was our ‘ defensive coach last year and look at our performances in defending. Atrocious at best.

  6. Goonerboy says:

    Exciting times indeed!
    One role that i find amusing is the “Director of high performance”….what a nomenclature…???

    And i also l love the Data/video analyst
    It is so hard not to be excited guys!

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Darren Burgess is an acknowledged expert in sports fitness, training and conditioning. What ever the title Arsenal gives him, we are lucky to have him.

    2. jon fox says:

      Goonerboy, People who use words like “nomenclature” are sadly , quite rare on here. Educated folk are such a joy to talk to. But I don’t want to appear snobby, so I do sometimes deign to talk to the mere “prolls” too! Just joking!

  7. Razor says:

    Steve Bould should have been given the boot He was our ‘ defensive coach last year and look at our performances in defending. Atrocious at best.
    Also sat there with a dumb look most of the time. Great player, useless coach.

  8. Freethinker says:

    ‘…Bould, along with a couple of others, have been kept to help ease the effects on all the players who have never known a system without Arsene Wenger at the helm.’

    I think that truly is the reason for Bould staying. Unless he proves us wrong and our defensive work does improve (not gonna happen until we sign a really good DM).

    It was also a mistake to let Jack go and extend Xhaka’s contract. At least for Xhaka we could have gotten some money to spend on someone better, which while losing Jack on a free is not likely. So Fellaini for free it’s going to be…

  9. Chiza says:

    I believe in Unai Emery…i love his passion and style of game he wants to bring to arsenal.. Possession, counter attacking, pressing and directness all brought into our game.. But Ozil can’t play it..emery has to sell ozil and get isco..he has to make a clear statement by doing that,sell off Mustafi and get gimenez of atletico at any prize..i watched ballerin through out last season he was really poor but i heard he was carrying an injury problem through out.. Who would blame him.. He had no one to replace him or give him competition thanks to wenger..i still believe in bellerin,emery would make him get better.. We need to get back Joel Campbell he fits the emery style.. Fast,hardworking,skillful,direct most times,he is also left footed(what we have been crying out for),just have to improve his goal scoring and he would be a very good player(emery can make him better)…i want a team like this
    Bellerin. Gimenez. Soyuncu. Kolasinac
    Torriera Xhaka
    J. Campbell. Ramsey. Isco
    This team has all the ingredients to be successful..just needs the best coaching from Emery and they are good to go and cause havoc.. We would go into big matches with confidence,opening the etihad, Old Trafford,anfield and Stamford Bridge gates with our legs because we know we have the team..just like in 2003/2004…..when you see a gunner greet him Victoria!!!!!!!….. Go emery!!!… Go arsenal!!!!!

    1. Counsel says:

      Campbell really!are you high on vodka

      1. Patrick_G says:

        Lol i think he could be in Russia…..Campbell is too injury prone for that level of play that Emery wants to implement.

  10. Counsel says:

    We play man city In our first game of the season, we need to start on a high,getting 3points in our first game is like the first fruits of a harvest for the believers. Emery has never won against man city though I still hope we will not be predictable like before change is something

  11. Chiza says:

    Counsel you think Campbell is a bad player

    1. jon fox says:

      You don’t need to be a bad player to be not good enough for Arsenal. It depends on how good you believe our team should be. Clearly many, including me, prefer a team far better than one including Campbell. He is not bad; just not good ENOUGH! LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS BLACK AND WHITE, BUT HAS MANY SHADES OF GREY, though your post seems not to acknowledge this fact.

      1. Sue says:

        Fifty shades ???

        1. jon fox says:

          In reality, if not in that book /film, there are far more than fifty shades of grey. Subtleties, nuances , shades of grey are so often overlooked. I am as guilty as any of doing so esp on this site when discussing Arsenal matters. Passion tends to polarise opinion(black or white) but in the real world life is not like that, fortunately.

  12. Patrick_G says:

    Arsenal, the sleeping giant will rise again.

  13. Sean says:

    Chiza – I would agree with your Joel Campbell comments on keeping a left footed winger at the club & A hardworker is what he is with a little bite In him added with some skill. He would be better back up to a new winger than Welbz. Him & Perez can play 2nd fiddle to the 1st teamers & cup games unless they force their way in to the starting we then so be it. Sell Welbz as we have Laca & Auba for CF. Sell Elneny, bring in Carvalho for free. Holding out on loan for 6months or year.

    Gelson Martins comes for free if we get him.

    Auba Laca Gelson
    Xhaka Torreira
    Nacho Soy Sok Bellerin

    Mavraponas (Koss when back)
    NEW BIG SIGNING – LW. Starts in bench, eases way into squad or Auba goes up top,Laca to bench & New winger at LW

    1. Sean says:


      SAME BACK 4 & GK

  14. stubill says:

    I can’t believe people want us to hang on to Perez and Campbell!

    Neither have done anything of any merit, Perez had ONE half decent season in his whole career, and Campbell is even worse. We need to get rid of both of them.

    1. ACE says:

      Im not saying either are Arsenal quality but
      neitherplayer was given a realistic chance to
      feature in the first 11 under Wenger. Both have
      had brief moments of quality and are far better technical players imo than Welbeck or Iwobi
      however AFC will never compete with the current
      top 4 or challenge for CL qualification with
      either playing a major role @ the club.

  15. Simon Williams says:

    Do you think we will get Ever?

    If we do, personally think our team is looking really strong from end-to-end.

    Hard to fit all quality players in the first 11. And that’s how it should be

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