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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez sidesteps Arsenal job talk

Rafael Benitez sidesteps Arsenal job talk
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Rafael Benitez describes Newcastle United as "a massive club" but sidesteps speculation linking him with the Arsenal manager's job.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has remained coy over links to the Arsenal manager's job after it was confirmed that Arsene Wenger will vacate his position at the end of the season.

The Spaniard is seen as an outside choice to succeed Wenger following his impressive work at St James' Park, having guided the Magpies back to the Premier League from the Championship and into the top half.

Newcastle chiefs are reportedly in the process of putting together a new contract for fan favourite Benitez, who has once again sidestepped speculation that he is in the running to take charge at the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

"As I have said before, [Newcastle] is a massive club. My position now is the same - we have games to play, I want to be sure that we concentrate on that, and that's it," he told reporters at Friday's press conference.

"What I want is to be sure that we have a good team to play against Everton on Monday and that's it. It's not the time to talk about that."

United have won four matches in a row to all but confirm their place in the Premier League for another 12 months.

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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
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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