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‘Benitez will keep Arsenal in the Premier League; I’d bite your hand off for 17th’

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It’s time for Arsenal to make a change.

This is according to Simon the Gooner, who phoned into talkSPORT’s Sports Bar on Wednesday night to call for the sacking of Mikel Arteta – and name his ideal managerial replacement.

Simon’s call came just hours after Arsenal’s winless run was extended as they only managed a home draw with Southampton, fighting back from a goal down after former player Theo Walcott struck for Saints.

Arteta’s side put in a slightly improved performance against Saints, but they are still waiting for their next victory

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Arteta’s side put in a slightly improved performance against Saints, but they are still waiting for their next victory

The Gunners are all the way down in 15th in the Premier League table, only five points clear of the bottom three and without a victory in the top-flight since winning at Manchester United on November 1.

Calls for Arteta to go are becoming louder and more frequent with every passing match, and Simon the Gooner has been ‘#ArtetaOut’ for quite a while now – in fact, he branded the Spaniard a ‘fraud’ on talkSPORT just a few days after that defeat of the Red Devils last month!

And Simon is refusing to back down over his view that Arteta has to go, preferably as soon as possible.

“Oh, without a doubt,” replied Simon when asked by Sports Bar host Andy Goldstein if he wants Arteta out.

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“Rafa Benitez would keep us in the league,” he added. “Of course it’s about survival! Look at where we are in the league!

“If you said take 17th, I’d bite your hand off right now.”

Goldstein was not convinced by Simon’s relegation fears, however – even though his co-host Jason Cundy believes going down is a possibility, despite saying Arsenal ‘probably’ won’t be exiting the Premier League.

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Benitez is currently manager of CSL club Dalian Professional – is it time for Arsenal to tempt him back to England?

“That’s crazy… they are not going to go down,” said Andy. “There is no ‘probably’ about it, Arsenal will NOT be going down!

“They can see the edge of the cliff and they are nowhere near it. They won’t go down.”



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