Newcastle legend reveals exactly why Rafa Benitez would reject Arsenal

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16

The Frenchman pointed to the fatigue felt by his players after they travelled back from a UEFA Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow on Thursday, "but losing like this is a worry characterwise", he added.

The Gunners were just as poor at the other end of the pitch as they squandered two good chances to retake the lead before the break.

"He was all about: "This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it".

Arsenal plays Atletico Madrid in the semifinals.

The loss left Arsenal in danger of dropping below seventh-place Burnley with a month left of the season.

The current campaign has been particularly error-strewn for the 25-year-old centre-half, with costly lapses in concentration leading to criticism in a Carabao Cup final showdown with Manchester City and Premier League games against Southampton and Newcastle.

The second half was a much tighter affair but it was the Magpies who got the victor in the 68th minute when Matt Ricthie calmly slotted home from close range to seal all three points for Rafael Benítez's men. As we enthused about it and described what happened, his reaction to the goal/game was 'Yeah, it was alright but these Champions League group stages are just so boring now'.

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"I only worked with him (Benitez) briefly, but he was bang on it".

The architect of Wenger's downfall on this occasion was Rafa Benitez, a manager that was tasked with keeping Newcastle in the Premier League on a shoestring budget and a slightly-above-Championship-level squad.

The Gunners boss miraculously saw the incident for once, and laid into the Premier League for deciding not to introduce VAR next season. "Wenger knows it's not good enough".

"I think the first thing to say is to congratulate the club, the fans, the staff, the players, everybody because it was a massive effort this year".

He said: 'The fact that you get linked, it is something positive because it makes you proud of your career trajectory.

'If he gets the backing, he will stay at Newcastle United.

'I guess that means the top-six.

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