Why Rafa Benitez Should Be The Next Arsenal Manager

Mae Love
April 17, 2018

Arsenal saw off CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday. They have to be better.

Sunday's result came after Arsenal nearly threw away a 4-1 lead over CSKA as they went 2-0 down in the second leg of their quarter-final. Rafa, he argued, doesn't play an exciting enough brand of football for the Arsenal fans to get behind, that setting teams up to avoid defeat was his main footballing principle.

It seems it has taken this disappointing run for the manager to recognise issues at Arsenal that have always been apparent to fans and pundits alike.

The Gunners have only won three games away from home all season, which is their worst run of form in nearly 40 years.

The second half was a much tighter affair but it was the Magpies who got the victor in the 68th minute when Matt Ricthie calmly slotted home from close range to seal all three points for Rafael Benítez's men.

'I know someone very close to him, I was speaking to him on Friday actually, he wants to see this job through and take Newcastle to that next level - above Arsenal. But almost two years after Wenger made a decision to spend £35 million on the former Valencia player, it's increasingly clear Mustafi has only added to Arsenal's chronic defensive problems rather than solve them.

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"You might see him sweating on the sidelines but inside I can guarantee he will be the calmest man in the stadium".

I think he has the desire. Not only has the Spaniard achieved this pretty comfortably, but five wins in a row mean that the Magpies could well finish in the top half in their first season back in the top division.

"To have lost three on the trot, to have gone out the Champions League and lost to Manchester United, to then go and play Tottenham and just blow them away like that".

Newcastle's winning margin could have been greater, but Kenedy's audacious effort came back off the woodwork late on.

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