Arsene Wenger has finally decided this will be the last of 22 seasons in charge of Arsenal.
Arsene must be a top-class manager because he’s been severely criticized and pulled to bits in the press for far too long.
He will go down in history as Arsenal’s best ever manager, and the Gunners’ fans will appreciate him more and more as they realize automatic qualification for the Champions League every season is no longer a given.
In the first 20 years at Arsenal, he finished in the top four in the Premier League and made the knock-out rounds of the Champions League.
Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger shake hands before the game at the Emirates last December
It looks like Wenger is not finished with football management and he will likely be approached by some big clubs, and there has to be a decent chance he will join PSG.
While Arsene has had success at Arsenal, he has never won a European title.
And that’s a nice segue to Rafa Benitez who has won European titles with three different clubs – Valencia, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
Arsene’s last game in charge before he announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season was the 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park last Sunday afternoon.
It was then decided mutually with the Arsenal hierarchy that this would be his last season.
Rafa is not high up in the initial voting for the next manager at Arsenal (12th at 16/1 on SkyBet), and we would think Carlo Ancelotti could end up with the job.
After all, Carlo has managed Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
He has won three Champions League titles – two with AC Milan and one with Real Madrid.
We really don’t think there’s much chance of Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle for Arsenal – even if he is offered the job by Arsenal which is unlikely.
We hope it’s unlikely.
The only negative barrier to Rafa at Newcastle is the stubborn and miserly owner Mike Ashley, but he will give Rafa good money to spend this summer.
There’s also a decent possibility Ashley will sell the club this summer to more ambitious owners.
But at the very worst, Ashley could remain the owner but let Rafa do his thing at the club and give him some significant money to spend this summer.
That alone will help Rafa have a very good team on Tyneside next season.
What do you think?