Rafa Benitez is an outstanding manager – Arsene Wenger

Rafa Benitez is an outstanding manager – Arsene Wenger


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out in support of Real Madrid counterpart Rafa Benitez saying he is an outstanding manager.

Benitez has come under increasing pressure since the 4-0 loss to Barcelona at the weekend, with fans and pundits alarmed not only by the result but the manner of the display – lack of tactical awareness and no passion from the players.

It comes amid reports he has alienated some of the more senior players in the squad, including Ronaldo, who are unhappy with his training methods.

On Monday evening, president Florentino Perez gave Benitez the dreaded vote of confidence. It may buy him a couple of games to turn things around, but the man who was appointed manager only in July could be out of a job sooner than expected.

At as press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb, Wenger said it would ridiculous to sack Benitez after just 12 league games. He added that he would not be interested in taking over if the vacancy became available as he would not work under those conditions.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to support completely Rafa, who is an outstanding manager. It would not be serious to sack the manager after 12 league games,” Wenger commented.