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?