Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was the subject of a Twitter backlash after asking Gunners boss Arsene Wenger why he was not offered a contract extension more than a decade ago.
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Pundit Dixon, who retired in 2002 at the age of 38, joined in a #AskArsene session on the social media site by speculating about the reasons behind his exit.
#AskArsene why didn’t he give me another years contract!
— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) April 13, 2015
However, he was soon inundated with messages from trolls who suggested the former full-back did not possess the ability to deserve a 12-month contract back then, and that Wenger had better options at his disposal within the squad.
@LeeDixon2 because you’re shit
— LW (@_lewispeter) April 13, 2015
@LeeDixon2 because your a grandad
— spin head (@phildavis69) April 13, 2015
Dixon, a lifelong fan of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, started his career at Burnley and enjoyed spells with Chester City, Bury and Stoke City before arriving at the Gunners’ former home Highbury in 1988.
He was an ever-present alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Martin Keown and Nigel Winterburn in the Arsenal backline during a trophy-laden spell under George Graham and then the Scot’s successor, Wenger.
Dixon and Adams both retired at the end of the 2001-02 campaign.