Arsenal legend Sol Campbell says boss Arsene Wenger is a dictator and doesn’t like working with his former players as coaches.
The former Gunners defender also believes that Wenger needs fresh ideas if the club is to be successful.
But the Frenchman will not listen to the players he once mentored.
Yesterday, the club’s record goalscorer, Thierry Henry, quit his role as U18 coach after a bots with Wenger over the ex-striker’s job as a TV pundit.
Henry regularly criticises Arsenal’s current players and Wenger gave “Va-va-voom” the option of staying with the club or quitting his weekend job.
But Henry chose to leave, joining the likes of former captains Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta who are coaching elsewhere.
And Campbell says it’s because Wenger is a control freak.
Big Sol tells the Daily Voice: “Wenger doesn’t like listening to other people’s ideas. He does things his way. At Arsenal, Arsene is the king.
“You see people like Patrick at City and you wonder why.
“Why has the club not brought those legends in?
“Thierry wasn’t really there.
“But Wenger needs fresh ideas and he’s not getting from the coaches [like ex-players Steve Bould and Freddie Ljungberg] there.
“Those ex-players can inspire the current crop at Arsenal.”
Henry, who has a statue in his honour outside the Emirates Stadium, will now look for a new post where he can complete his coaching licence.
Reports claim that former captain Tony Adams will replace Henry.
Vieira has stated publicly that he was never offered a chance to coach at Arsenal and is disappointed by that after captaining the club in the historic Invincibles 2003/4 season.
He was snapped up by the Manchester City group and Arteta, who retired at the end of the last season, has taken up a role on Pep Guardiola’s staff.
Other players who have taken up coaching roles elsewhere include Dennis Bergkamp (Ajax Amsterdam), Remi Garde (ex-Aston Villa boss) and Giovanni von Bronkhorst (Feyenoord).
Marc Overmars is director of football at Ajax Amsterdam.