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Danny Murphy: 'Rafael Benitez perfect for Arsenal'

Murphy: 'Benitez perfect for Arsenal'
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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says that Rafael Benitez is an ideal replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has identified Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as the perfect candidate to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Wenger is under mounting pressure at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners' entire season now resting on the Europa League, and Murphy believes that the Spaniard's style of play makes him a natural fit for the North London outfit.

"[Benitez] is exactly what Arsenal need," Murphy told talkSPORT.

"I heard Paul Merson saying Arsenal fans want a certain style of play and want to see a team play expansive football but they do that now and they get murdered. I only worked with him briefly, but he was bang on it.

"He was all about: 'This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it'. You know exactly what you're doing. He is a calm manager but he's very assertive. You wouldn't want to cross him, he's got a real ruthlessness about him."

Arsenal's poor league form continued at the weekend when they lost 2-1 to Benitez's Newcastle.


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Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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