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Wenger places trust in Bould as UEFA touchline ban kicks in

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Arsenal kick-off their Champions League campaign against Montpellier later tonight, but manager Arsene Wenger will have to watch from the stands as he is currently serving a UEFA touchline ban. Wenger ran afoul of the UEFA authorities last season when he had a less than amicable run in with referee Damir Skomina after Arsenal's exit at the hands of AC Milan.

The veteran manager has placed his confidence in assistant Steve Bould to marshal the dugout as he told Sky Sports: I will feel powerless, but sometimes have that feeling on the bench anyway. An element of the unexpected can happen, but Steve has experience.”

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding Bould's rise to prominence at the Emirates, Wenger was quick to point out that he was still in-charge of training and that it was very much his vision. But he did concede that Bould has been a brilliant addition, declaring that the entire club breathed of the same ethos, thus making it easier for the likes of Bould to make the step-up from lower management seamlessly.

Wenger also vented his frustration at the European governing body, effectively stating that Michel Platini and co had no clue about the rules controlling such events. “Honestly, nobody knows really - even at UEFA - what is allowed and not allowed," said the Frenchman. "When I ask: 'But what is it really about?' Nobody can tell me,” before cheekily adding: “They love to suspend me."