Lee Dixon responds to reports Arsenal could appoint Luis Enrique

The Arsenal legend delivers his verdict on Luis Enrique, who has been named as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Lee Dixon has admitted that he would be open to Arsenal appointing Luis Enrique as their new manager but has insisted there are no standout candidates.

The former Spain international is one of the favourites to take over the Gunners job from Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

Enrique hasn’t returned to management since standing down as FC Barcelona boss following the 2016-17 campaign.

The 47-year-old led FC Barcelona to three La Liga crowns, three Copa del Rey trophies and the Champions League during his reign.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a long way behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners could still qualify for the Champions League next term if Arsenal win the Europa League crown this season.

Former Arsenal defender Dixon appeared to suggest that he would welcome Enrique’s appointment despite issuing his backing for his old team-mate Patrick Vieira.

“Somebody like Luis Enrique, who has got the experience of managing a big club like Barcelona coming in and putting his stamp on the club could be good, but there’s no one stand-out candidate for me,” Dixon told ITV Sport. “It’s kind of a mixture of everybody.”

Arsenal have won the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons under Wenger.

However, the Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsenal finished unbeaten throughout the campaign.

Wenger’s side lost 2-1 to FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in Paris back in 2006.

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