Ray Parlour has been talking about who could fill Arsene Wenger’s boots.
The Arsenal boss having finally called time, after years of abuse from the club’s supporters.
Ray Parlour believes Rafa Benitez would be the perfect choice, saying the Newcastle boss would be ‘a great fit’ at The Emirates’.
The former Gunners midfielder talks of the possibility of a ‘younger’ manager being given a try but you would anticipate that Arsenal fans would only accept somebody with an impressive CV already behind them.
Parlour talks of Luis Enrique but the former Barca boss will no doubt be able to have his pick of clubs and whether Arsenal are that desirable now, remains to be seen.
Certainly the Rafa Benitez quotes published today where he makes clear to Mike Ashley that things need to change, must be taken as a warning sign to Ashley that he can’t mess his manager around any longer, or else it is inevitable that Arsenal or similar level clubs will come knocking.
Ra Parlour says that he always knew that this would be a massive moment for Arsenal when Arsene Wenger left, the former player with the understatement of the year when he says ‘it is not an easy job’, when you consider the embarrassing way their fans have gone on.
After Fergie left Man Utd (and a bit of a mess behind him), the Mancs finished seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth, in these past four seasons.
Arsenal fans were devastated when last season they dropped out of the top four for the first time since 1995/96 (the season before Wenger took over…).
That season they finished fifth but in the first three seasons of the Premier League, Arsenal actually ended up 10th (1992/93), 4th (1993/94) and 12th (1994/95), once again emphasising just what a brilliant job Arsene Wenger has done and that it is fact that the Gunners were in no way one of the dominant clubs before the Frenchman arrived.
Whilst in no way do Newcastle fans want Rafa Benitez to go, it is hilarious that most Arsenal supporters would no doubt think he was a terrible appointment for them due to their inflated sense of self-importance.
Rafa constantly talks about Newcastle having the potential to be a long-term project for him…but that has to be more than the potential of a struggle for both transfer funds and against relegation every season.
Ray Parlour speaking to Talksport:
“What Rafa Benitez has done for Newcastle this season is amazing…
“With not a lot of investment, he has got them playing so well.
“They’re out of trouble when it had looked like they would be in a relegation battle – now they are sitting really healthy in the league [in tenth place].
“Rafa Benitez would be a great fit [for the Gunners], but whether Arsenal want to go down that road . . .
“There are younger managers [out there] as well, they may say why not ‘give one of them an opportunity’?
“Or go for one of the more experienced ones – Luis Enrique is favourite, but I know Chelsea might be looking at him as well.
“So this board have got to make a big decision now.
“Because I have always thought whoever replaces Arsene Wenger, is going to have a hell of a job taking the club forward.
“It is not an easy job.”