Rafa In Frame For Arsenal Job!

Last updated : 05 March 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Jamie Redknapp has claimed the time for change has come at Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger presided over a fourth successive defeat at Brighton.

But the main concern to Newcastle fans is that Rafa Benetez is in the frame to replace him!

Image result for Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0The Gunners' 2-1 reverse at the AMEX Stadium, coupled with similar results against Ostersund and Manchester City twice inside the last 11 days, left sections of the travelling support in open revolt once again.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp admitted the Frenchman, now 5/1 with Sky Bet to be the next Premier League boss to leave, must be on borrowed time.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: "Arsene must be questioning whether he can take this club on now, he must be thinking to himself, surely, anyone would do.

"When you have lost five out of the last seven in the Premier League, anybody else would be thinking, 'I'm going to lose my job'.

"You're not going to get in the top four again, this is the second year on the run - of course you would.

"I don't like to see him under this pressure, but he's had a great run at it and things aren't turning now, they're not going in his favour.

"The players are not good enough that they have signed. I think there needs to be a change."

Next permanent Arsenal manager odds:-

Carlo Ancelotti - 5/2
Joachim Low - 7/2
Brendan Rodgers - 5/1
Leonardo Jardim - 9/1
Mikel Arteta - 10/1

Rafa Benitez - 18/1

Redknapp's opinion was backed by former Rangers and Liverpool boss Graeme Souness, who added: "Listen, Arsene Wenger has had all the power.

"He wouldn't have had that power when he walked in the door, but it's certainly developed that way where he was all-successful in the first decade.

"The second decade has been hit and miss, a few FA Cups. They have only won three Premier Leagues in that time - that's not enough for Arsenal.

"If someone has all that power who has been constantly making the football decisions and then you have the group of players that you have now, then his head is on the block, it has to be.

"It's not like he can turn around and say, 'Someone else has been bringing in these players for me to coach and make a team from'. It's down to him."

Souness delivered a withering assessment of Arsenal's performance at Brighton and predicted that even winning the Europa League this season would not address the underlying issues at the club.

"I just don't see what winning the Europa League does for Arsenal going forward. Yes, it gets them back into the Champions League, but that's a sticking plaster over a very serious wound.

"The next manager coming in, whenever it is, turns up to watch that game today and thinks, 'You know what? I have got three or four I can hang my hat on, three or four they're my players in those positions for the next five years'.

"They ain't there, they are not there. You'd be struggling to name one."