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Bould thrilled despite ´nervy´ performance

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould was pleased despite admitting his side were below their best in their 3-1 victory over Olympiakos.

Filling in for Arsene Wenger, who is serving the final match of a touchline ban, Bould oversaw a gritty win over the Greek champions at Emirates Stadium.

It took goals from Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey to seal the victory for Arsenal after Kostas Mitroglou had cancelled out Gervinho’s opener.

“Listen, we’ve won the game, it’s a great result for us. They made it tough. I thought they were very good,” Bould said.

“I thought their organisation was excellent and they made it tough for us. I think we improved second half with the ball but we looked a little bit nervy I have to say at times. But overall we’re delighted.”

Bould went on to say that Saturday’s English Premier League loss to Chelsea at home may have played a part in the below par performance.

“You know it’s probably knocked our confidence a little bit, getting beaten (against Chelsea) even though we didn’t play so great, we thought we probably should have got something from the game,” he said.

“Maybe a little bit of a carry over, but we’re hoping that, now we’ve won, that’s gone, done and dusted and we get back on track.

“We’ve done great tonight, without being fantastic, but we’ve got back on track. Hoping a little bit more confidence for the weekend, and that will be a tough game (against West Ham).

“It’s a results industry and we got a result. We ground it out. To be fair I don’t think they had too many chances. We limited them to a few chances. We could have perhaps scored a few more so without being fantastic we’ve had a great result.”

Gould reserved special praise for Gervinho, who continued his recent rich vein of form with another goal – his second from as many matches in the Champions League this season.

“Well, number one he is scoring goals so his confidence is sky high and number two I think his link play is gradually improving,” he said.

“I think he’s set Santi (Cazorla) up a few times in the last few games and he’s learning his trade there. I don’t think he’s played there an awful lot. And he’s a danger with his pace and movement at times. He could be a top player.”

Thu 4 October, 2012
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