Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was part of Arsene Wenger’s first great side at the club.
Dixon, along with David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Nigel Winterburn, made up a fearsome defence inherited but educated by Wenger during the mid-to-late 1990s.
The former right-back, who is now a pundit, achieved great success under the Frenchman but that did not stop him strongly criticising Wenger at the Arsenal Supporters Trust AGM on Monday night.
Wenger endured an awful week last week, with two footballing lessons from Manchester City culminating in two defeats and the concession of six goals before Brighton beat the Gunners 2-1 on Sunday.
The voices of dissent are now growing again and TalkSPORT report that Dixon was not shy in making himself one of them, touching on a wide range of topics, from recruitment to coaching. He said:
“Tony Adams coached Ashley Cole into becoming the best left back in the world. It had nothing to do with the coaching from Arsene. Bouldy does get to do some stuff in training, but not as much as he would like.”
“Arsene went through a period of allowing him to do a little bit more. There was recognition in the press that Arsenal looked a bit more solid, then it all went away.
“Wenger recruited some great players but Mustafi? I spoke to Gary Neville who said Valencia couldn’t give him away then Arsenal came along and paid £30m for him.
“I didn’t think the players that Wenger brought in are good enough. Six of the current starting XI aren’t good enough.
“It would be wrong to say Arsene doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he’s floundering now as everyone has caught up.”
It’s a surprise to see Dixon be so outspoken in his criticism of a man with whom he enjoyed great success and whom he clearly respects.
The fact that even Dixon wants to stick the boot into Wenger on both his transfer and coaching approach is indicative of how low his stock is right now.