Arsenal legend predicts Newcastle United to finish in a lowly 17th position

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James Park

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James Park

In Newcastle United's case it is clear that Rafa Benitez believes there is still work to do in the transfer market before the window shuts at the end of the month.

It's very hard - the prices are insane.

Rafa Benitez has admitted that this summer has been frustrating for him in terms of landing targets and some have predicted that this could result in the club having a hard season. I try to do my best.

"He went to the Championship knowing that his job was to get the club back into the Premier League, then thinking he could go one-step further and build and get bigger and better", said the former Newcastle captain.

"We missed some targets at the beginning, and I think we're paying for that".

At this moment in time, Rafa Benitez describes his mood as being "I am not happy...but at the same time it's a challenge".

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Benitez, however, admits it would be "very difficult" for him to walk away from the job - and he reiterated his commitment to the promoted club.

"I said "listen, we have to talk" and he said "do you have some money?" When I chose to stay it's because for me it's a challenge.

But Benitez feels his side haven't improved enough on a year ago, with just four days until their Premier League opener at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

"It's very hard because my Chinese is not good enough!" he joked (there has been reported interested from clubs in China). "I try to do the best every training (session) and every game and to prepare myself". It has to be something you can not control. I am fully committed to the fans, the club, my players.

But now he is ready to establish himself as a Premier League player - and he is relishing the challenge of facing Tottenham Hotspur in United's curtain raiser on Sunday.

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