Murphy: Newcastle boss Benitez ideal fit for Arsenal

Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal Magpies comeback comdemns Gunners to yet another away league loss

Arsenal's away woes in the Premier League continued on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United at St James' Park. No, the opposite of joy for supporters is nihilism. The supporters have been spectacular and they are really proud of the team'.

Matt Ritchie scored the victor as the Magpies went past the 40-point mark, 13 clear of the relegation zone.

Arsene Wenger, the longest-serving manager in the English Premier League, says the decision not to implement video assistant referees next season is a serious retrograde step that flies in the face of progress.

It has lost 11 times in the top flight this season, which equals its worst tally under Wenger, set during the 2005-2006 campaign. Arsenal are a club heading towards turmoil, and the ball is lying still in the club's court, but they seem reluctant to pick it up and play their turn.

Alexis Sanchez was the latest big name player to leave Arsenal for a Premier League rival. The Spaniard, who turned 58 on Monday, was first asked about the Arsenal stories.

Rafa Benitez's side were hoping to take advantage of Arsenal's exploits in Europe, with the Gunners only returning from Russian Federation on Friday after sealing their place in the semi-final of the Europa League with a 6-3 aggregate victory over CSKA Moscow.

The Arsenal fan and former player coming out with some pretty odd reasoning.

"He [Benitez] is exactly what Arsenal need", said Murphy on talkSPORT.

"We have to start work again this week and look to Everton".

One glance at Shkodran Mustafi's performances this season alone should be enough to convince anyone that Arsenal are sorely lacking in defensive organisation.

'People in England are conscious of the fact that experience in the Premier League is important and, what is more, you go to other competitions and other leagues and win as well. They might like to think otherwise, but they are not above Benitez.

Arsenal have struggled on the road all season, but it's gone to a whole new low since the turn of the year.



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