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Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould is "upset" over reports of a rift between him and boss Arsene Wenger, ESPN has been told.

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In the wake of Tuesday night's humiliating Capital One Cup defeat at League Two side Bradford City, widespread media reports on Thursday morning claimed that there has been a breakdown in the relationship between the former Gunners centre-back and the manager.

However, Bould reported for training on Thursday angered by the claims, and an Arsenal source told ESPN that the two coaches have not fallen out.

"Steve Bould is upset about it as his relationship with Arsene is solid and he has an input into training despite what is being said," the source said. "There is no rift.

"The team is two points off fourth place and the board and the management are united in what they plan to do. It's stay calm and carry on Arsenal".

Bould had previously been Arsenal's defensive coach before taking over a Wenger's No. 2 following the retirement of Pat Rice at the end of last season.

The Gunners kept three consecutive clean sheets at the start of the campaign against Sunderland, Stoke and Liverpool, with many directing the praise for that run towards Bould.

However, following a sequence of just four more clean sheets in their ensuing 22 games in all competitions, the spotlight has now returned to Bould for a different reason.

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the Premier League ahead of their weekend trip to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium, the venue of their memorable 7-5 win after extra-time in the Capital One Cup back in October.

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