"It's very difficult for me to be critical of him [Wenger]. But having played under him and watched his development as Arsenal manager from the media side too, I think he will be the first to admit that maybe he's got the balance of the team slightly wrong in its attacking ideas and also what they do when they don't have the ball defensively - not just the back four, the whole team.
"I'm not really big on 'which player is playing at Bayern Munich at left-back, we should sign him', that's for other people to say but I'd say the main thing is that the superb youthful players Arsenal have got in the team at the moment need to be blended with some experience. I think that mix is slightly wrong and the answer may be signing a new centre-back and a central midfield player."
With Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas both heavily linked with moves away from the Emirates - to Manchester United and Barcelona respectively - Arsenal could be left with a significant midfield vacuum next season. Dixon, who made 619 appearances for the Gunners after moving to Highbury from Stoke in 1988, believes the need for an experienced presence in the Arsenal team is the most pressing issue. One player who he feels could have made a difference in a 2010-11 season punctuated by a lack of leadership when the going got tough, is AC Milan midfielder and friend Clarence Seedorf.
"I said at the start of last year that someone who has been there, done it - in the Patrick Vieira-type mould, but someone who is playing more at the peak of his powers. I'm quite friendly with Clarence Seedorf and I talked to him and said 'you'd be perfect for us because younger players like Jack Wilshere would look at you when things are going wrong'. At the moment Jack's looking round and even [captain Cesc] Fabregas to a certain extent when things aren't going quite right. There are no obvious leaders to say 'right, this is what we need to do'. It might not work of course but at the moment there doesn't seem to be a plan when their great football is not paying dividends; if it's 0-0 or they go behind, there's no real Plan B.
"That was the start of last season [when the Seedorf suggestion was made], I think he's too old now! No, he had a great season for Milan and we saw that some of his performances in the Champions League were brilliant. He can still get round the pitch, he plays in more of an advanced role but he said to me he can play in any role in midfield. I don't think it's necessarily about where he plays, though, it's just having him in the dressing room. I'm not saying to Arsene: 'Go out and sign Clarence Seedorf now', I just thought that sort of player was something they needed in addition to what we've got in midfield.
"We've got some excellent players in midfield - Jack Wilshere, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Samir] Nasri and obviously Fabregas, all the same type of player in that they like to play football. So does Seedorf but he's got a little bit more about him upstairs as to his positional play and his attitude towards the game and certain difficult periods of the game that's invaluable really. But it's not just one, I think they need two or three players."
It would certainly seem that Wenger, the man nicknamed 'Le Professor', could learn something by studying Seedorf and AC Milan's recent Serie A title triumph, achieved with a philosophy that is in sharp contrast to his own. At the
Lee Dixon speaks to ESPNsoccernet