Dixon: Arsenal manager Wenger is not a true coach, Tony Adams coached Cole to be best left-back
Former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon believes manager Arsene Wenger is ‘not a true coach’.
The 53-year-old, who played for 14 years with the Gunners, has taken aim at his former boss following their fourth defeat on the trot, a 2-1 reverse at Brighton on Sunday.
Adding to recent criticism from other former Arsenal players, Dixon also said Wenger’s influence on the development of ex-England and Gunners left-back Ashley Cole was overstated.
“Tony Adams coached Ashley Cole into becoming the best left back in the world,” Dixon insisted at the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust on Monday night, where 88 per cent of members voted for Wenger to go in the summer.
“It had nothing to do with the coaching from Arsene.”
Dixon also spoke about current right-back Hector Bellerin, who he thinks was improving under the guidance of former defensive team-mate Steve Bould, now a coach at the club.
He added: “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 AFC looked a bit more solid. Then it all went away.”