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Xabi Alonso is a player most Liverpool fans still hero worship. Scorer of the third goal in THAT Champion's League Final, the midfield maestro remains one of the stand-out signings of the Benitez era.
But a mediocre 2007-2008 campaign from the Spaniard led to Rafa wanting him out to be replaced by Gareth Barry. That move never materialised, but both men knew their time together was drawing to an end. Benitez had made up his mind: Alonso had to go.
Benitez's stubbornness doesn't stop there. Since being appointed Chelsea manager, we have seen a man convinced of his own abilities. He is confident that his tactics and style of play will be the answer for Chelsea and will stick to his guns, even if he shoots himself in the foot whilst doing so.
It's an admirable trait, and his previous successes at Valencia and Liverpool show that he is right to have faith in himself.
Just like Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal manager also has faith in his own abilities. He is confident that his tactics will win out at the end of the day and believes that Arsenal's passing style remains the way to victory.
As for his attitude to transfers, for Alonso, read Fabregas. Or Nasri. Or Van Persie. Or, by the looks of things, Walcott.
The man they call the Professor won't take any messing about in the transfer window. If someone wants to go, then he'll help them pack their bags, but only for the right price.
Yes, Arsenal have been here before under Wenger. Their start to the season last year was equally as indifferent, and losing 8-2 to Manchester United certainly didn't help.
But they always looked like they could kick on and keep their heads above the water.
This year, though, they don't seem quite as likely to get the run of results they need to creep back in to the top four.
Sometimes in football, things go stale. Rafa Benitez was the glue holding a rapidly declining Liverpool together, a fact that was only properly noticed once he was no longer there.
If Wenger goes, will Arsenal rise once more with a new leader at the helm or fall apart like a Rich Tea biscuit in a boiling mug of tea?
More importantly, how much longer will it be until we find out? Lose to Reading tonight, and the patience of the Arsenal fans might just be stretched to breaking point.