The news in the Mirror today is that Rafa Benitez is on the Arsenal shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer, when the long time Arsenal manager is expected to leave the London club after 21 years in charge of the Gunners,
It’s hardly surprising Arsenal may want Rafa, after his excellent work at Newcastle, when he has literally transformed Newcastle and has the Magpies top of the Championship.
We have the most points, the most wins, the most goals scored and the least goals conceded as well as the best goal difference.
Rafa Benitez – could join Arsenal this summer
And of course Rafa had an excellent six years in charge of Liverpool when he won the Champions League with them in 2005 and also won the Europa League with both Valencia and Chelsea.
The news in the Mirror is that Benitez wants Thierry Henry to join him on the coaching staff and they are reporting he is one of four candidates for the job.
The other three candidates are said to be Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel, Luis Enrique of Barcelona and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.
It appears that Thomas Tuchel is the current favorite.
It’s not completely certain that Arsene will leave the club this summer, although Ian Wright the former Arsenal striker and now pundit thinks he will want to call it a day, with a section of the Gunners fan base wanting him out of the club.
Rafa has only been at Newcastle for 11 months, but he has had a tremendous positive impact on Tyneside, not only on the playing field but he has started to transform the club from top to bottom.
It will not have helped things that owner Mike Ashley seemed to go back on his promises to support Rafa in last month’s transfer window.
Ashley seems to be trying to get Graham Carr into a more influential position in deciding who comes into the club.
Rafa was certainly not pleased that Newcastle did not bring the two players he wanted at the club in January.
It remains to be seen what happens and it is by no means certain Benitez would land the job at Arsenal, but they are one of the most famous and successful clubs in England.
They will be an attractive proposition to the world-class manager.
In his previous 20 seasons at the club Arsene Wenger has had Arsenal in the top four of the Premier League every single season and in the Champions League he has always qualified for the playoff rounds.
But that’s not good enough for a lot of Arsenal fans who want more trophies at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is second only to Sir Alex Ferguson as the most successful manager ever in the Premier League.
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