Some Arsenal fans said they wanted Benitez as their next boss after their defeat to Newcastle
Monday, April 16, 2018
Newcastle United boss Benitez was linked with the Gunners job after he masterminded the Magpiesâ€™ 2-1 win over Wengerâ€™s side at St Jamesâ€™ Park on Sunday.
The result – which leaves Arsenal 13 points adrift of the top four – only heaped more pressure on Wenger, who has one year remaining on his contract although there is expected to be a review of his position in the summer.
Former Gunner Paul Merson reacted with doubt when asked about the rumours on Monday, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that Benitezâ€™s methods would not suit Arsenalâ€™s attack-focussed style of play.
But Murphy, who played under the Spanish coach at Liverpool , believes Benitez would be the perfect manager to get the Gunners back on track after years of underachieving.
â€œHe [Benitez] is exactly what Arsenal need,â€ the former Anfield star said on the Jim White show.
â€œI heard Paul Merson talking on the Sports Breakfast, saying Arsenal fans want a certain style of play and want to see a team play expansive football â€¦
â€œâ€¦but they do that now and they get murdered.
â€œI only worked with him [Benitez] briefly, but he was bang on it.
â€œHe was all about: â€˜This is what weâ€™re going to do and this is how weâ€™re going to do itâ€™. You know exactly what youâ€™re doing.
â€œHe is a calm manager but heâ€™s very assertive.
â€œYou wouldnâ€™t want to cross him, heâ€™s got a real ruthlessness about him.â€