Gunners will qualify for the second round by avoiding a heavy loss in Italy.
Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez has claimed that his Arsenal counterpart, Arsene Wenger, is the best manager in the Premier League ahead of the two teams’ crucial meeting in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday night, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The former Liverpool boss was speaking in his pre-match press conference in the buildup to his side’s vital final group-phase clash with the current Premier League leaders in Southern Italy.
Wenger brings his in-form team to Naples knowing that they will yet again qualify for the knockround of Europe’s premier club competition in February should they avoid a defeat by three or more goals at the Sao Paulo stadium on Wednesday evening.
And the Spaniard has now stated that his rival coach is the best in the business in the English top flight, with Benitez saying: “For me Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League and knows what his team must do.
“In modern football everyone knows the quality of their rivals. Arsenal is a very strong side.
“This could be the year they win the Premier League. Arsenal will try to control possession and hit us with counter attacks. We have to do our thing, focus on ourselves and not on them.”
Both European heavyweights go into this final decisive group-stage showdown in good form, with the visitors leading the Premier League standings at present by five points from second-placed Liverpool after 15 top-flight encounters.
Meanwhile, the home side have also enjoyed an excellent start to the Serie A campaign, with Benitez having so far guided Napoli to third place in the table in what is his debut season in charge of the club.
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