Gunners legend blasts Arsenal recruitment in two-pronged attack

Date published: Saturday 7th March 2020 3:14 - Steve Pearson


Ex-Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon has lambasted the Gunners’ recruitment over recent times, labelling the current squad ‘blatantly not good enough’.

The men from the Emirates are currently languishing in mid-table mediocrity, with a superb run of form until the end of the season required if they are to maintain any ambitions of qualifying for European football via the league next season.

Despite year after year of restricted spending, the Gunners did splash the cash in the summer, with £72m winger Nicolas Pepe their headline acquisition in a window that brought five new faces to the first-team squad.

The Ivory Coast international has thus far laboured in his efforts to justify his lofty price tag, however, with his initial struggles symptomatic of the wider malaise at the club.

Spaniard Mikel Arteta was brought in to replace the axed Unai Emery in December, and ex-Arsenal title winner Dixon believes the former midfielder can be a perfect fit in the North London hotseat.

Speaking on the Handbrake Off Podcast (via Goal), Dixon said: “It’s about [implementing] a structure, a discipline, those traditions and values that playing for the Arsenal is all about.

“I think Arteta gets all of that, I believe in what he is doing since he’s been at the club, we’re seeing some of that come back in the team and in training.

“Over a period of the next 18 months or so I believe those values will be reinforced.”

Dixon was rather less complimentary when speaking about the club’s recruitment.

He continued: “The difficult bit next is the recruitment, the team is blatantly not good enough in lots of departments.


“That’s [on] Arteta putting his requests over to the executive committee and then the board, and getting the players that he wants.”

Despite a huge outlay in the summer, many in the media speculate that several more big money windows like the summer of 2019 will need to occur if Arsenal are to get back to challenging consistently for trophies.

Dixon, however, does not believe the financial backing will be available for such an undertaking.

“Is the money available to do that? I would suggest not,” he added. That’s why it’s such a big job for him because we’re all looking at him going ‘who are you going to sign?”

Meanwhile, Arteta is reportedly ready to step up his efforts to bring a Man City star to the Emirates.

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