Former Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has backed Arsene Wenger’s call for supporters and shareholders to unite behind his philosophy, after the Frenchman delivered a stirring speech at the club’s AGM during which he implored fans not to lose faith in his methods after a difficult period for the Gunners.
The meeting provided a stage for the angry supporters to question the club’s self-sustainability model and for chairman Peter Hill-Wood to step down and be replaced by former vice-chairman David Dein.
Speaking at a Barclays community-led cycle ride in Islington, Dixon said:
We’ve seen protests and booing at other clubs, like Wolves and Blackburn, and it doesn’t do anybody any good,
Everyone needs to stick together. The fans have huge power and that shouldn’t be underestimated.
I’ve always backed Arsene and I always will. He’s the heart and soul of the club, he’s doing it the right way and for the right reasons.
I think it’s frustrating at times. Being a fan, you want to see the best players playing for our club but you have to stay together.
I don’t know the politics behind the possibility of David Dein returning but I think Arsene misses having someone like David in his ear. I’m not sure he’s got that at the moment.
I know David personally, he’s Arsenal through and through. I’ve always said he was probably one of the biggest losses for Arsenal when he left the club.
After the disastrous start they had, the top four will be the new aim. As far as winning the league is concerned, it was beyond them after the first few games.
They almost take Champions League football as a given at Arsenal, they’ve had it for so long and so consistently. Can they achieve that? I’m still not convinced. I will to wait to see if their defensive mentality improves over the season. There is still a lot of work to do on the training ground.
I think the important thing for Arsenal in the last few weeks has definitely been getting results under their belt. But I don’t think they are out of the woods yet, by any means. It could only go one way for Arsenal after the awful start they had.
They are on a good run but it’s vitally important they get something out of this game at Stamford Bridge. To have a big hiccup now would drain all that confidence out of the players overnight.
It’s slightly worrying that we are so reliant on Robin van Persie as his history will tell you that he’s had injury problems in the past.
You can sum up his importance to Arsenal in one word: vital. He’s been so vital to the team and their confidence.
If he does get injured, the back-up is not proven by any means so it could be worrying times. There are a few months to go before Arsene could possibly strengthen in that position.
Dixon has some interesting words, however I think I disagree with his comments towards the Gunners not making the top four. It won’t be easy, but if they can develop a strong run and grind out results then they most certainly have a chance of the elusive top four finish.
Robin van Persie will not be able to continue to drag us over the line to victory all season long, he will need support and also additional strikers to step up when he is injured or requires resting. Wenger seems to have high hopes for Park, does he possess the quality?
Regardless of the results so far this season todays match against Chelsea is massive and can be an opportunity to send out a statement of intent to the rest of the league – common you Gunners!!