Arsenal targets experienced manager to replace Mikel Arteta

Arsenal has contacted Rafael Benitez over succeeding Mikel Arteta as the manager of Arsenal.

The former Newcastle boss has been managing in China with Dalian Yifang, but he would jump at the chance of returning to England.

Todofichajes says Arsenal is lining him up to replace Arteta as the Gunners continue to struggle.

Arsenal has just won their last two league games, but their previous poor run of form means that they are still 13th on the league table.

The report says that he has to win their next game against West Brom, else his job will be on the line.

Benitez has a rich CV in English football. He hasn’t won the Premier League yet, but he won the Champions League, FA Cup and other trophies with Liverpool.

He also helped bring back Newcastle United to the Premier League after relegation from the English top flight.

Arteta has been backed by Arsenal and the Spaniard will probably still get some backing when the transfer window reopens, but he will have to prove his worth in the next few games to keep his job.

Tags Rafa Benitez

8 Comments

  1. Adajim says:

    Who says he will jump at the offer? Seems you don’t know arsenal job is a no for a serious minded coach with pedigree.
    A lot of issues both onfield and off-field. MA accepted the job as a gamble and could be forgiven at time due to his lack of experience but an experienced man will get the short end of the stick at slightest slump

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍

  2. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    Like I said before, except for at Napoli, this manager has failed to last more than a year at any big club since he was at Pool…he’s a divisive figure, who has some interesting ideas, but is simply too risky an option for us at this crucial juncture in our history…I would much rather give Arteta a bit longer leash than give Rafa the keys to this car…I think this is likely just a seed-planting rumour started by his own people once things started to look rather dire for MA

  3. Yossarian says:

    This sounds like a load of pork pies to me. What the hell would we want him for? Much rather Arteta (Young, intelligent, growing into the role, plenty of potential for more success going forward) than Benitez (Much older, never won EPL despite lots of EPL experience, doesn’t last long in jobs, risky character, etc etc)

  4. Joe. S says:

    Sounds like the rumour of a desperate club with no direction as to where they want to be in the next few years. Benitez been there done that, coached some big clubs fired by some big clubs. Won the champions league. Never really looked like winning a title at Liverpool despite having Steven Gerrard and co. Ah Steven Gerrard! Imagine him at Arsenal in place of Xhaka. Midfield problems? What midfield problems. Then again Arteta might bench because he wouldn’t comply to the dumb game plan.

    1. Robbo says:

      Keep the same team against wba hopefully will get results still prefer to have Balugan on bench instead of Nketia

  5. jon fox says:

    Yet another absurd and untrue rumour that has ZERO chance of happening. There is no vacancy nor will there be for a longtime ahead.

  6. Diyaco says:

    nooooooooo
    please no

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