By Harvey Byrne

Former Newcastle and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has shared that he believes Rafa Benitez would be “great” for Arsenal.

There is a lot of speculation currently looming over Gunners chief Arsene Wenger’s future with his contract set to run out in the summer as well as a 13-year wait for a league title.

Meanwhile, the north east giants are performing well under Benitez as they sit atop the Championship table as they aim for an instant return to England’s top flight.

The 56-year-old Spaniard has previously managed Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid and now Hamann, who played under him for two years at the Merseyside club believes he would be great for Arsenal.

“A different manager at Arsenal could get more out of these players,” told Hamann to Paddy Power.

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“Rafa Benitez and Diego Simeone are managers who could both add great value to that team. Arsenal should finish in the top four and could win the FA Cup. Other teams – like Liverpool – would jump at the chance for that. But you’ve got to put the season in prospective. The manner of Arsenal’s defeats have been the most disappointing thing.”

Benitez entered management in 1993 with Real Madrid’s B team before moving onto Real Vallodid two years later for his first senior job.

He has since won two La Liga titles, one Champions League and two Europa Leagues in a long honours list and he is now set to add the Championship to that list with Newcastle.

With two years still left on his contract, fans will be hoping he fulfils his terms at the club and is not tempted away by a bigger side.

In other Newcastle news, Paul Merson has predicted the Magpies’ clash against Bristol City.

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