Benitez wants Wenger to succeed
Napoli boss Rafael Benitez would love to see Arsene Wenger win the Champions League one day - but hopes the "best manager" in England does not fulfil his European dreams this season.
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Benitez's side, boasting summer Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain, head to the Emirates Stadium for Tuesday night's Group F clash looking to put a halt to the Gunners' superb run of form which has seen them top the Barclays Premier League ahead of his old club Liverpool.
That Wenger masterminded such a turnaround - which included qualifying for the Champions League group stages once again and beating West Brom in a penalty shoot-out in the Capital One Cup - comes as no surprise to the former Inter Milan boss and last season's Chelsea interim manager.
"I am expecting a strong team because I think Arsene Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League," said Benitez.
"They have signed good players, at this point everything going well for them.
'Wenger is a great manager, a great person, someone who knows the league here in England.
"He has experience in Europe, Arsenal is always top four and he is doing a great job.
"Hopefully he can win (the Champions League), but another year, not this one."
Benitez has been an interested observer on the opening few weeks of the new English season, which has seen both Manchester United and Manchester City suffer an inconsistent start, while Southampton are in the top four.
"Arsenal have a great manager and a good team, Liverpool they continue growing, so the second year with a new manager, everybody is expecting them to be in the top four and are doing well," he said.
"The other top sides are not at the level at the moment, they have new managers too, but I think it will only be a matter of time before you see five or six teams at the top, who will be more or less the same (as before)."
Benitez maintains his time at Stamford Bridge is now very much water under the bridge.
"I am pleased, because we finished in top three, which was the target and won the Europa League," he said.
"The majority of professionals and the people who followed the team every day could see that we were trying to do our best and we did a good job in the end."
Benitez feels more than comfortable in his new surroundings on the Italian south-west coast, but the Spaniard, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, indicated he could one day return to coach in England once again.
"My future is to do well with Napoli and to try to win things. After? You never know," he said.
"I am still a young manager so hopefully I can be at Napoli a long time and then manage in different countries in the future."
Napoli beat Dortmund 2-1 at home on Matchday One, while having opened their domestic campaign with five wins and a draw from six Serie A games.
Benitez, though, will not take Arsenal's challenge lightly.
He said: "We are going to play against a top side in Europe, whose ball possession is one of their strengths, so we will need to change our approach, to show character and strength."