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The answer to all of Arsenal’s and West Ham’s problems is sat in the Sky Sports studio

And we don’t mean Jamie Carragher.

Arsenal’s hunt for Unai Emery’s successor has taken them on a managerial goose chase, while West Ham are also flirting with the idea of axing Manuel Pellegrini.

Both clubs are in desperate need of a change at the helm after just four wins apiece from 15 games this season.

They need structure, they need Rafa Benitez.

Miracle worker

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Miracle worker

Sadly for Arsenal and West Ham, Rafa all but ruled himself out of the running for both jobs.

Speaking as a pundit on Monday Night Football, the Champions League winning coach insisted that he’s “happy” at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

That didn’t stop Rafa from providing a tactical insight into what he would do if hypothetically placed in the hot seat of either London club.

In charge, but for how long?

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In charge, but for how long?

Citing the need for both to revert back to “the basics” the Spaniard proceeded to prove his credentials without actually applying for the respective jobs.

Rafa’s performance in the studio was the closest to an interview you could get without being the real thing.

“If you’re solid, if you’re balanced and stay strong in defence, you can win more games,” he said.

 

“You have to be sure to start with the basics and stay solid in defence, not necessarily defensive, but compact and solid.”

When Rafa preaches “the basics”, it carries more weight than yer da screaming it at the TV.

When this man talks, you’d be wise to listen

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When this man talks, you’d be wise to listen

The philosophy of Rafa is something that you can’t help but believe would reverse the immediate fortunes of Arsenal and West Ham.

The gung-ho mentalities of both clubs has often been their downfall this season with a neglect towards a real defensive strategy.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss also touched on the growing trend in football of counter attacking sides getting more joy.

Man United did a proverbial job at the home of their bitter rivals at the weekend

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Man United did a proverbial job at the home of their bitter rivals at the weekend

“Lately the team with less possession is winning the games, why? Because they are compact and wait for the moment when the other team is too open.”

It’s criminal that Rafa is pontificating over Arsenal and West Ham from a studio when he would look at home in either dugout.

We are talking about facts.