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Napoli boss Rafael Benitez claims that Arsene Wenger is the best manager in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League encounter with the Gunners, the Spaniard took time to heap praise on Wenger.

The Napoli coach, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, believes Wenger is the best in England – despite the Frenchman failing to win a trophy for nine seasons.

“For me Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League and knows what his team must do,” said Benitez.

“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.”

Benitez was full of plaudits for the current Premier League leaders, who will qualify for the last 16 if they avoid a 3-0 defeat in Naples on Wednesday.

“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," said the Napoli manager.

Benitez, whose side must better the result of Borussia Dortmund if they are too qualify, says Arsenal are expected to top the group after gaining a three-point advantage over Dortmund and Napoli.

“We know that Arsenal are very strong but we will try.

“My team has to give 100 per cent. My players know how important tomorrow’s game is and they have all trained really well.

“We have nothing to lose. For us to play at home gives us an added strength.

“We were unlucky to be placed in such a difficult group but for me, it’s better to experience these games rather than watch them on TV.”

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