By Lloyd Webb
Arsène Wenger says one of Lee Dixon’s biggest qualities as a player was his total commitment.
The club legend celebrates his 52nd birthday this week, having featured 619 times for Arsenal - putting him fourth in the all-time appearance list - during a 15-year spell in north London.
Sometimes you feel like this guy could go into the trenches and you think, ‘I would like to have him next to me’. Lee Dixon is one of themArsène Wenger
Dixon also won 13 trophies at the club and Wenger says his character and intelligence made him a formidable defender.
“He’s a very intelligent and committed guy,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “When he commits, it’s not 99 per cent, it’s 100 per cent.
“I had many players in my life, many, many top players, but what always stands out more than technical talent is the quality of a human being and the quality of their character.
“Sometimes you feel like this guy could go into the trenches and you think, ‘I would like to have him next to me’. Lee Dixon is one of them. I was lucky that I had a few like him."Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source