If Arsenal Go After Benitez It Could Be Positive For Newcastle

There are still reports out there about Rafa Benitez possibly joining Arsenal in the summer.

The latest one comes from former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann, who says Rafa would be good for Arsenal and could get more out of the current squad than Arsene Wenger.

But it’s still a long shot that Arsene will leave the Gunners this summer and the odds are that he will accept another two year deal at the club before finally moving on to other challenges in 2019.

Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger in 2013
Rafa was manager of Napoli at the time

But if Arsene does leave and Arsenal do want Rafa at the Emirates (two assumptions), then that could even work out well for Newcastle.

It will have to be some offer from Arsenal to get him to leave Newcastle, after he was given complete control of all football matters at the Tyneside club and the Geordie Nation is simply in love with the guy.

He’s done a fantastic job so far and he also reflects exactly what Newcastle fans have wanted for more than 40 years – a team that can match the best in Europe and can start winning some trophies.

So if there is a move for the Spanish manager from one of the most famous clubs in England (we’re talking about Arsenal here) Mike Ashley will need to move quickly.

If the owner shows the same fortitude and determination he did last May when we were relegated, he will reassure Rafa that he is in charge of everything to do with football at the including the scouting.

He will also tell Rafa how much is available in  terms of transfer funds in the summer so Rafa can continue to improve the squad and make it good enough to challenge in the top half of the Premier League next season.

In other words, Ashley will have the opportunity to put things right after the things he was reported to be thinking about doing in January – like putting Graham Carr into a more prominent scouting role.

We also have to remember that was all from a single report in the Sunday People .

We think Rafa would be quite happy to stay on at Newcastle where he is idolized by the fans and that statue of him is just waiting to be built once he wins his first trophy at the Tyneside club.

Rafa could use any Arsenal interest in him to solidify his position at Newcastle and that would have to be good news for Newcastle fans.

It would also be a good time to offer Rafa and his staff improved terms on a new 10 year deal.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Thankfully on the Leicester front Rafa is not even being given odds – why would he swap a relegation scrap for a potential league win? The likely lads of Redknapp and Pardew are on that list though… if they go for ether of them they’re down. Not sure I’d put much faith in Mancini who is the favourite to get them out of a dog fight either.

  • G

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I honestly couldn’t see Rafa going to Arsenal. Even if Wenger left, I could see Arsenal going for more of a Mancini type coach than Rafa, however, I don’t think Wenger will leave yet, this happened before to him a couple of years back, and he didn’t give a toss then either.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    A ten year contract would take him nicely up to retirement age.
    The only job that would prise him away would be Spain’s national side – his spat with Real Madrid would seem to have closed that door.

  • G

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    @1, I was hoping to see the name ‘Wagner’ (Of Huddersfield fame) in the frame. I just wondered if Rafa had been given odds is all. Last night the Sky pundits were talking about Mancini (Unlikely to fancy a relegation scrap) and Pardew (Who in their right minds would appoint him?) being the early favourites.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    The Leicester fans have the same dilemma as Toon fans a while back.

    Do they express their unhappiness with the ownership by staying away or attending and being vocal ?

    Their next fixture is home to Liverpool on Monday night – wow – Sky will be loving this.

    Personally I feel a Kingpower Stadium with only a few thousand bindippers in attendance on Monday night would make a hell of a statement.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    RAFA – Going nowhere – he has/is on a project at the TOON – changed the club off-field –
    NOW trying to change the team on the pitch.
    hard to watch at times – must admit I get frustrated but that’s life.

    Saturday with no Gayle – how’s about trying Ritchie up front?????
    What I have seen of him he has the same attributes as Gayle and looks a natural goalscorer – at times wasted playing out wide

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7

    SSN now reporting that senior Leicester players had a meeting with the owners after the Seville game -AND TOLD THEM THEY WERE UNHAPPY WITH RANIERI – what !!!!

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8


    That’s the stuff of dreams

    Arsenal appoint Alan Pardew whose first act is to buy Sissoko to join his favourite club.


  • toontaff2

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #9

    From NUFC.Com

    ‘Bookings – any player that collects 10 bookings by Sunday March 12th will be suspended for a game. Here’s our current most “at risk” quartet:

    Matt Ritchie 9
    Jack Colback 8
    Isaac Hayden 8
    Paul Dummett 7

    Is it only a 1 game suspension?

  • G

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    @8, Indeed mate, but I was referring to the Leicester job. I just have a theory that the press will do a bit of stirring with Toon fans again, and fabricate a link. I would pay money to watch Arsenal appoint Pardew though. Can we organise a whip round?

  • one fine day

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Charlie ,
    On gayle / Richie
    Did he ever play that role at Bournemouth I wonder ?
    Looks good cutting inside and banging them across and inside the far post …just wonder how he is doing the gayle role of running on yo through balls ?
    Interesting ..
    As for Leicester … If it’s true the players voted him out then. Hope they go down …shower of sh@t to treat a guy that lifted a very average bunch way beyond their dreams …hang your heads and hope you drop like a stone .
    Claudio for me is up there with the Bobby,arsenes and Rafa ‘s of football ..deserves a lot more respect.
    Those players deserve pardew
    When I say down I hope it’s with palace and the unwashed


    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    one fine day
    Ranieri up there with managerial elite? Why?

  • lochinvar

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Surprised the Mirror isn’t breaking the story that Pardew is the top target for Arsenal.
    Maybe it’s to close to the truth for them to print as they only like made up stories.
    Ranieri could be good for them.
    Or they could poach Allardyce as he has a International experience.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Hetook Cagliaria from Italian 3rd division to Serie A in successive seasons.

    He got Fiorentina and Monaco both promoted to their first Divisions as champions.

    Also won 2 cups at Fiorentina and 3 cups at Valencia

    PL manager of the month 5 times from 2003 to 2016
    Best manager/coach in the world 2016 from numerous bodies.

    Oh and he won the PL with 5000/1 outsiders

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t be surprised if there’s a break clause in Rafs’s contract in the event of failing to get promotion and he could be looking at continuing management elsewhere.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Massimiliano Allegri will go to Arsenal, and I would think that Mancini has already accepted the Leicester role.

    That suits me, keep Rafa where he is and lets get top 6 2018/19.

  • dannitoon

    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #17

    arsenal would want rafa but not the rafa everyone knows… he would want to hit that £100m they have sat in the bank… and everyone and every gooner knows that aint gonna happen…. MA however would love wenger up here… would anyone accept a swap.. rafa for wenger?


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