Lee Dixon gives verdict on reportedly Aston Villa-bound former team-mate Remi Garde

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has praised Remi Garde.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has told the Daily Mirror that there would be no communication problems between Remi Garde and Aston Villa players.

Villa sacked manager Tim Sherwood a week ago having lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City, and owner Randy Lerner is closing in on his latest new boss.

The Sun report that French boss Garde is to be appointed Villa boss on Monday, with the 49-year-old set for a return to English football.

The former midfielder played for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal during the 1990's, and will now have the chance to go up against his former chief if he is indeed appointed as the new manager Villa Park.

Now, one of his ex-Arsenal team-mates has spoken about how he will make the transition to the Premier League, with Lee Dixon speaking to The Mirror about Garde.

Dixon stated that he was always impressed with Garde's calmness during his time at Arsenal, and believes that his grasp of the English language will help him at Villa.

"I reckon he adapted quicker with the language and the English humour than any of the other guys who came in," said Dixon. "And he was always a deep thinker. It was no surprise to me that he went into coaching. He would never lose his temper in a match like me or Nigel. But he cared a lot even though he looked calm. His English is perfect. There would be no communication problems for him."

"Remi always had a good football brain. We spent a lot of time together because we were injured at the same time. We thought about the game on the same lines. It is no surprise to me he has done well," he added.

With a strong French contingent at Villa alongside a number of homegrown players, Garde's English and French language skills could be a big reason why he is Villa's first choice to replace Sherwood - and it looks like they have got their man.

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