Lee Dixon: Top Three Moments
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Lee Dixon of Arsenal with the FA Cup Trophy and the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton on May 11, 2002 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have enjoyed an abundance of high-caliber defenders over the years, but very few attain the legendary status quite like Lee Dixon

Although he was not blessed with domineering height or searing pace, Dixon became a mainstay in the Gunners defence alongside the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn who became arguably Arsenal's greatest ever backline.

The former Stoke City right-back harboured a vehement work rate and epitomised consistency, featuring 619 times and scoring 28 goals for Arsenal over a career spanning 15 years. 

One of the most decorated players in the North London clubs history with four league titles, three FA Cups and one European Cup Winners' Cup, Dixon finally hung up his boots in 2002 after completing his second league and cup double.

Without further ado, here are Dixon's top three moments in an Arsenal shirt. 

Dixon Captains Arsenal To Premier League Victory In His Final Game

The 2001/02 campaign would prove to be Dixon's last as the marauding right-back retired at the end of the league season aged 38. 

The Gunners had already wrapped up their eighth FA Cup following a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the final, although Dixon failed to make it off the bench after falling down the pecking order to Laurén, who was signed by Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2000. 

Nevertheless, Dixon would receive the send-off he so thoroughly deserved as he captained Arsenal in their final Premier League game of the season.

The Gunners recorded a 4-3 win over Everton at Highbury with goals coming from Francis Jeffers, Dennis Bergkamp and a brace from Thierry Henry. Arsenal subsequently won the league by seven points and Dixon lifted his fourth and last league trophy with the club. 

It was a fitting way for Dixon to bow out of the game and thus solidified his place as one of the greatest defenders to ever play for Arsenal. 

1990/91 First-Division Title Winning Campaign

Dixon was one of Arsenal's standout performers in the 1990/91 season in which the Gunners dominated proceedings, losing just one of their 38 league fixtures.

Despite not being particularly prominent in front of goal, Arsenal were stalwart in defence, conceding just 18 goals throughout the entire league season. Dixon was an integral part of the team, playing in all 38 league games and scoring five times from the right-back position which is an impressive feat in itself. 

Dixon's imposing displays that season under George Graham earned him a call up to England's national team, making his debut in April 1990 in a 4-2 friendly victory against Czechoslovakia

Although Dixon arguably played in better Arsenal teams, the 1990/91 campaign was his finest in an Arsenal shirt as the right-back demonstrated quality and consistency which were two attributes that he became synonymous with in his career. 

Clinching The League At Anfield in 1988/89

Dixon's defining moment in an Arsenal shirt came in the 1988/89 season in which Arsenal defied the odds and pipped a top Liverpool side to the title in the final game of the season.

The Reds boasted immense quality with the likes of Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes but would succumb to a rampant Arsenal side at Anfield by two goals to nil.

The Gunners clinched the title in dramatic fashion thanks to a stoppage time goal from midfielder Michael Thomas in a move that was started by Dixon - playing a surging ball up the pitch in the dying seconds to find Alan Smith, who in turn played Thomas in on goal.

Dixon was a lynchpin in Graham's Arsenal side who celebrated their first league title in 18 years. The Manchester-born right-back would go on to define an era of defensive solidity in the English game, thus cementing himself as one of Arsenal's greatest ever players. 

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