Arsenal ‘line up Rafa Benitez’ as potential Mikel Arteta replacement

Arsenal are contemplating whether to sack Mikel Arteta and replace him with Rafa Benitez.

It comes during a critical period of the season where the Gunners are closer to the bottom of the Premier League than the top.

With a number of signings arriving in the summer, this is now how club officials envisaged the season going.

There have been disappointing results such as losses to Burnley, Everton and Aston Villa.

Amid the poor results, there have been reports of dressing room toils and fallouts with players.

But Arteta has fought back in recent days with two morale-boosting wins over Chelsea on Boxing Day and Brighton on Tuesday.

However, the Spaniard is not out of the woods yet and Todofichajes report that his fate could be sealed at the weekend if the Gunners lose to West Brom.

The report states that the club are looking to replace Arteta with Benitez if results continue to worsen.

It is stated that they do not want to take chances and want to hire someone with vast experience in the Premier League.

Neither Unai Emery or Arteta had this when they were hired, though the latter has been Manchester City's assistant coach.

But Benitez has abundant experience in England, winning trophies with Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as a spell at Newcastle.

The 60-year-old is currently in charge of Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifeng.

However, Todofichajes report that Benitez is keen on a return to the Premier League and wants the job at the Emirates.

He has already rejected an offer from West Ham but would be more than happy to take over at Arsenal.

Gunners technical director Edu has insisted he has full faith in Arteta, though, and wants to see him continue in his role.

"Mikel is doing a great job," he said.

"It's normal and easy to be driven by results. But I can see the future, see where we go and the way we are building things on a daily basis. Everything here is right, everything here is working.

"How many young players have started to get opportunities and perform quite well in the first team?

"I can see a big and beautiful future. It's very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that's the way I see the photo."

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