"They can high five and do that big huddle before the game all they like" says former Arsenal Star

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:44am

By Will Cracknell @WillCrackers

Arsenal title winner Lee Dixon believes Arsenal have lacked leadership this season and wants players to take greater responsibility for the team’s performance.

A Nicolas Pépé-inspired Arsenal thrashed Newcastle 4-0 at the Emirates on Sunday to end a run of four consecutive Premier League draws and lift them into the top half of the table.

Ahead of the victory, former right back Lee Dixon, who made 458 appearances for the Gunners between 1988 and 2002, said he wanted to see Arsenal players demonstrate their authority – a characteristic he claimed the current crop have lacked to date.

Dixon knows what it takes to win a league title. Part of four title winning squads with the North London club, Dixon was a stalwart in these campaigns and is consequently loved by the Arsenal faithful.

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Speaking on Andy Hodgson’s Kicking Off, 12-4 PM every Saturday on Love Sport Radio, Dixon explained he wasn’t worried about players’ relationships off the pitch. 

“They can high five all they like and do that big huddle before the game,” Dixon said.

“What I want to see is a bit of information, a bit of telling off and a bit of corrective behaviour when we’ve conceded a goal."

 

Dixon added he wasn't interested in whether players get on with each other outside of football and that he would be looking to identify the on-pitch leaders as Arsenal travel to Greece for their last-32 Europa League tie against Olympiacos. 

“There seems to be a good spirit amongst the players off the pitch – although I don’t really care about that.

“I always look at the spirit on the pitch and you normally get the best viewpoint on that when you’ve conceded a goal – who is giving information, who is telling people off, who is trying to correct something that’s just gone wrong?

“That’s when you start to see the true spirit of a team. In the past I think this present team have fallen a bit short of that.”

 

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