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Bould: Defence now a priority

Steve Bould says Arsenal have finally realised keeping clean sheets is the key to success.

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Steve Bould: Arsenal coach understands importance of clean sheets

Steve Bould: Arsenal coach understands importance of clean sheets

The Gunners have conceded just once in three games since a March defeat at Tottenham left them seven points off their rivals in the race for the UEFA Champions League places.

Arsenal's defenders accepted the blame in the wake of that game, and neither Wojciech Szczesny nor Thomas Vermaelen has played in three straight victories since.

One of those came at Bayern Munich, while back-to-back Premier League wins mean Arsenal are now just two points off fourth spot.

"Everybody has realised that clean sheets win games a lot of the time," said coach Bould, who was credited with improving Arsenal's defence early in the season before last term's errors began to creep in.

"I'm hoping that the Tottenham defeat is the big turning point. We played really well on the day and I think we absolutely deserved more than we got.

"Two defensive errors and we got punished by good players and that's what happens."

A susbequent 2-0 win at Bayern was not enough to prevent a Champions League exit, but Bould said: "A big thing for us was getting the big result at Bayern.

"We're only the second team to have won there this season so it's given everybody a belief that we're doing all right. It was an important game for us."

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e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

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toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

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ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

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