Lee Dixon slams Arsenal team who are ‘not good enough’ to succeed

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Arteta has struggled to maintain consistency as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)

Lee Dixon says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta can change the culture of the club, but doubts he will be given enough money to rebuild the squad.

The Spaniard has endured a mixed start to his life as Gunners boss, with just six wins in his first 13 matches in charge.

Arsenal secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday night, beating Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park.

But former England defender Lee Dixon admits fans may not see the results of Arteta’s work for a while.

He told the Handbrake Off podcast: ‘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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)

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

Dixon believes the 37-year-old’s success will mostly depend on the board backing him in the transfer market.

He added: ‘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.

‘Is the money available to do that? I would suggest not.

‘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?”

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke needs to back Arteta according to Dixon (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta will also be sweating on the future of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has just 18 months left on his contract.

The Gunners manager admitted that the club will sit down and discuss if the Gabon international plans on staying in north London beyond the summer.

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