Steve Bould is being tipped to succeed Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger's assistant manager at Arsenal.

The Sunday Mirror says Bould is the hot ­favourite to take over as Arsene Wenger's new right hand man next season.

The 49-year- old former Gunners defender has been coaching the Arsenal youth and reserve teams for the last 11 years.

And he is set to replace Pat Rice, due to retire, as ­assistant manager.

Under Bould's guidance, stars such as Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere have come through the ranks.