Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to appoint 58-year-old as new manager

Ray Parlour explains why he thinks Rafael Benitez would be a good fit for Arsenal

Rafael Benitez
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez Photo: The Sport Review

Ray Parlour believes that Rafael Benitez would be the perfect candidate to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new manager after Arsene Wenger confirmed that he will be stepping down as Arsenal boss at the end of the season.

The Frenchman is set to leave Arsenal after 22 years in charge of the club, and the Gunners are now in the process of finding the right man to take over from Wenger.

Benitez is currently in charge at Newcastle United and he is set to lead them to Premier League safety this season.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour feels that Benitez would be a great candidate to take over from Wenger at The Emirates, although he admits that the Gunners may well be looking elsewhere.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: “What he has done for Newcastle this season is amazing.

“With not a lot of investment he’s got them playing so well. They are out of trouble when it looked like they would be in a relegation battle, and now they are sitting really healthy in the league.

“He would be a great fit, but whether Arsenal want to go down that road…

“There are younger managers as well, and they may say ‘let’s 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’ve always thought whoever replaces Arsene Wenger is going to have a hell of a job taking the club forward. It’s not an easy job.”

Arsenal are currently preparing for their crunch clash against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night.

The north London side are aiming to try and win the Europa League this season and book their spot in the Champions League for next season, as they look set to miss out on a top-four finish once again.

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