The Spaniard – as well as board and director of football Marcel Brands – are under close scrutiny after eight games without a win have seen them drop to within five points. with Premier League three bottoms.
Arsenal Coach Arteta lost his first three games of the season, including a surprise loss to newcomer Brentford, and didn’t make it past the bottom half of the table until late October.
They are now fifth, one point behind West Ham, after just two defeats in their last 11 matches and Benitez believes – given the time and chance to recover from a debilitating injury crisis – His team will regain the form they have lost 13 points. from their first six games to reaching fifth on the nascent table.
“I think he is doing well and could be an example of a new coach at a new club that has been under a lot of pressure since the beginning of last year, from the beginning of this season,” Benitez said of the former midfielder. Everton.
“Little by little, he continued to work the way he wanted to work and the team got better and better.
“They also spent some money and they did well because they signed some good players.
“He is an example of a manager at a new club who needs time and everyone is talking about ‘We need to give him time’ and now he is collecting awards. there.”
Benitez has not been helped by the absence of last season’s top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin since late August due to a thigh injury.
As a result, the team struggled to get on target with Demarai Gray’s effort in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby, its first defeat in a month.
“I’ve talked to the fitness and fitness coach and he’s getting better but there’s still at least a couple of weeks left,” said the Spaniard.
“We have to be very careful with him because he’s had two injuries so we want to make sure he’s getting stronger and stronger and now it’s time to progress and he’s doing great. good.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/rafael-benitez-mikel-arteta-everton-premier-league-arsenal-b1969387.html Mikel Arteta’s experience is a lesson Everton should heed, claims Rafael Benitez