Chelsea third, Arsenal fourth, Tottenham Hotspur fifth, but only Spurs fans like their manager?

Chelsea are certainly replacing Rafa Benitez this summer, while Arsenal fans still grumble at Arsene Wenger despite their incredible recent form. Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur fans are now fully behind Andre Villas-Boas.

The first few games of Rafa Benitez’ tenure at Chelsea remain amongst the most bizarre events of this season, with the Spaniard vilified from all angles by Blues’ fans unhappy to see the former Liverpool manager taking over from Roberto Di Matteo.

Elsewhere Arsene Wenger faced criticism throughout the season after Arsenal exited most tournaments early, with fans furious over the summer sale of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United.

Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur fans cautiously warmed up to Andre Villas-Boas, after the Portuguese manager reshaped their side and took them on a fine unbeaten run in the middle of the season.

However at the end of it all, Benitez took Chelsea to third and the Europa League, Wenger steered Arsenal into the Champions League again, whilst Spurs finished agonisingly short of their London rivals.

Yet Villas-Boas is the most popular of the three managers amongst fans, and perhaps Arsenal and Chelsea fans need to take a more positive view of the men who led their clubs this season.

Wenger has done an excellent job under almost impossible conditions for several years now, with growing discontent among Arsenal fans, led by nincompoop-in-chief Piers Morgan, never distracting the side from getting into the top four. Years might have gone by without a trophy, but would, say, a League Cup win really make a huge difference to the team compared to slipping into fifth or sixth place?

Benitez had an excellent group of players to work with, but they were on a dangerous slide under Di Matteo, and the Spaniard turned Chelsea around admirably to put them in a superb position for next season.

Villas-Boas has also done well in his first year at Spurs, challenging for the Champions League and producing a record points total in what could have been a nightmare transitional period.

All in all, Spurs fans should not be the only ones happy with their manager, and looking at the table, it is surprising that Arsenal and Chelsea fans are not praising their bosses more.

Do Wenger and Benitez deserve more credit?

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