Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles: 'Rafael Benitez is a special manager'

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles: 'Rafael Benitez is a special manager'

Rafa Benitez piled more pressure on Arsene Wenger yesterday when his Newcastle side came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at St James' Park.

Arsene Wenger has revolutionised their club but Arsenal fans have rejected it for some time now, even though the entertaining football has continued to flow.

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

A 2-1 victory - which ended the Europa League semi-finalists' seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions - took the Magpies to 41 points and more importantly, 13 clear of the relegation zone to the delight of the majority of a 52,210 crowd.

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

Asked if he wanted to see VAR used for the 2018-19 campaign, he added: "Yes, because the Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe". We don't do these mistakes - the team mistakes - when we play at home.

But it was Newcastle who landed the knockout blow in the 68th minute.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has heaped praise on head coach Rafael Benitez, describing him as a "special manager".

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Last week, it was announced that Premier League clubs voted against the use of VAR for the Premier League in the 2018/19 season after a vote from the top 20 English sides.

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.

Arsenal have been planning to confirm their participation in Singapore shortly and still know that they can avoid this scenario by either winning the Europa League - in which case they would return to the Champions League - or by finishing fifth or sixth in the Premier League to go straight into the Europa League groups.

"I mean, Saturday night's game - that's as good as it gets!"

"I think (City were) far better over a consistent time", Merson told talkSPORT.

"They need someone with longevity, somebody who will get a four or five year contract and stay there".

"When you commit so many team mistakes, away or home, you get punished and Sunday proved that".

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