Napoli captain's agent hits out at Benitez ahead of Arsenal game

Ahead of the match with Arsenal, Rafa Benitez has an unwanted problem raising it's head.

Arsenal head to Napoli hoping for a crucial result tomorrow night, and the Italians have one problem after another.

Centre-back Paolo Cannavaro is the club captain, but one who has been ostracised by manager Rafa Benitez for much of the season.

So his agent has chosen a poor time to speak out against his manager, with their Champions League hopes on the line this week.

Speaking to Italian radio, Gaetano Fedele said: "The exclusion of Cannavaro leaves a bad taste in the mouth, Benitez will have his reasons, but we hope to see Paolo in the field very soon.

"My client has given so much... Currently Napoli lack cohesion and competitive nastiness, there is no leader in the group."

Cannavaro, 32, has not played for Napoli since October 18, when he picked up a one-game suspension for two bookings, and hasn't regained his place in the side - an unused substitute ever since.

He could still be involved against Arsenal if there are injuries to Federico Fernandez or Raul Albiol, so Benitez will not appreciate the interfering comments of Cannavaro's agent.

Napoli have not kept a clean sheet since the game Cannavaro was suspended for back on October 27, conceding 11 goals in their last four games.

That statistic as much as the Cannavaro situation should give Arsenal fans real reason to be positive heading into the fixture.

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