Rafael Benitez replies when asked about the Arsenal manager’s job

Rafael Benitez plays down the chances of him taking over as the next Arsenal manager

Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg (Photo: Sky Sports)

Rafael Benitez has rejected suggestions that he could be in line to take over as the next Arsenal manager.

The Gunners are currently on the lookout for a new permanent boss at The Emirates after they sacked Unai Emery at the end of last month.

Former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has assumed temporary charge at the club as Arsenal continue their search for a new permanent manager.

Ljungberg led his Arsenal side to a 3-1 comeback win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday night as they picked up just their fifth top-flight victory of the season.

Benitez – who is currently working with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang – has been touted as a possible candidate to take over at the north London side, but the Spaniard issued a clear response when asked directly about the possibility of becoming the next Arsenal manager.

Asked directly by Sky Sports if he would replace Emery as Arsenal manager, Benitez replied: “At the moment, it’s a no.

“In the future I would like to come back to the Premier League but at the moment I must be very clear: there is no chance that I will come back now because I’m really happy, really pleased, they trust me, we have a lot of staff working in a big, big project.

“People will say the league is different. Yes, it’s different. We want to leave a legacy, it’s a challenge for me. I’m quite happy at the moment.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they host defending champions Manchester City at The Emirates.

The north London side are currently in ninth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC as they look to climb the league during the hectic festive period.

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