EPL: Arsenal warned not to replace Wenger with Benitez
Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson has warned the club not to replace manager, Arsene Wenger with his Newcastle counterpart, Rafa Benitez.
Benitez masterminded a 2-1 win over the Gunners on Sunday, to all but confirm their Premier League status for next season.
By contrast Arsenal’s latest defeat on the road, which leaves them a distant sixth in the table, has led to calls from supporters for Wenger to depart in the summer and to replace him with Benitez.
Merson, however, believes the Spaniard would be the wrong choice.
“I like Benitez – he is one of the top managers.
Benitez sort of sets his teams up – even at Liverpool – not to get beaten, and you go from there.
“They need someone with longevity – someone who will get a four or five-year contract and stay there – because you don’t want a Manchester United situation, where they change the manager many times quickly after Sir Alex Ferguson,” Merson told talkSPORT.