Arsenal legend Lee Dixon believes that Arsene Wenger is still the right man to manage Arsenal, but says he needs to change the team’s defensive set-up, both on and off the field.
Speaking to Arseblog, Dixon believes that it’s time for a shake-up of the coaching staff and the system the team use.
Stressing the need to win regain possession more quickly and to defend better as a team, he said, “I just feel that when we do lose the ball there’s too much time goes by between us losing and trying to win it back in an organised manner.
“And that comes on the training pitch, you learn that from people telling you, people going through the same routine on the training pitch and getting a way of playing without the ball.
“Ultimately you have to say the manager takes responsibility for that. Is his back room staff right? I don’t think it is.”
And the man who won league titles under both Arsene Wenger and George Graham has urged the boss to promote from within and add another of his former colleagues to the coaching staff.
“Pat Rice is retiring in the summer, he’s been a great servant to the club but I think it’s time that happened and maybe bring in Steve Bould from the reserves, and perhaps even ask Tony Adams to come back and help out.
“That’d be my perfect scenario because I still think Arsene is the right man for the job but I just feel he’s lost his way a little bit and needs some help.”
Arsene is well known for being one of the most hands-on managers in the game. Other managers delegate the majority of training to their coaches but Wenger is out there every day, for every session. Despite this, Dixon feels it would be counter-productive to bring Bould in, with all his defensive awareness, and not to let him have an influence on the way the team operates.
“If he’s brought into a position in the first team set up then he has to be allowed to to do his defensive work, otherwise there’s absolutely no point. There’s no point bringing in anyone who is just going to go down the Arsene Wenger way because it’s clear over the last few years that hasn’t worked.”
You can hear the full, in-depth interview with Lee Dixon (covering Sunderland, AC Milan, Arsenal’s defensive woes, the North London derby and much more) on tomorrow’s Arseblog Arsecast – published around 9am on Arseblog.