On 3 June 1988, manager George Graham signed defender Steve Bould from Stoke City for a fee of £30,000, according to Arsenal.com.
Born Stephen Andrew Bould in the City of Stoke-on-Trent in 1962, Steve started his football career with the Stoke City Youth team at the age of 16 before being promoted to the senior team two years later. Highbury however became the new home for the central defender in 1988 after Stoke City accepted a £30,000 quote from The Gunners.
That was just the beginning of an illustrious career that saw Bould become one of the most sought after center-backs, forming a formidable partnership with Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and former teammate at Stoke Lee Dixon.
According to the Official Club website, in the 11 glorious years at Arsenal, the England international won 3 League Championships, 2 FA Cup Winner’s medals, a League Cup in 1993 and a European Cup Winners cup medal the following season.
Although he retired from professional football in 2000 after spending only a season at Sunderland, Bould was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s assistant in 2012 where he serves to date.