Arsene Wenger has praised Napoli's Rafa Benitez ahead of Arsenal's Champions League clash with his team, saying people would eventually realise what a high-quality job he had done as interim Chelsea manager last season.
Benitez takes his expensively assembled team to North London on Tuesday, and Wenger warned that the in-form Gunners, who won 2-1 at Swansea to go top of the Premier League, would face a tough test.
"He is a top-class manager," he said. "He has proven that -- so, when you are confronted with his teams, you know it will always be difficult."
Asked whether Benitez had been given a rough ride at Stamford Bridge, Wenger added: "Yes, people were tough with him because people did not expect him to go to Chelsea, but he did very well and dealt with it. In the end, with the time going on, people will realise he has done well."
Since arriving at Napoli, Benitez has pipped Arsenal to the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, and Wenger said: "He was on the market, as you know, and several clubs were in for him. That is what I do not think needs to be talked about again.
"The four players that contribute most up front are Higuain, who is very dangerous in the box, and then [Jose] Callejon, [Lorenzo] Insigne and the guy who gives the most assists in their team, [Marek] Hamsik, who is a vital player.
"They are the most dangerous going forward. We are in a tough group. If you look at the teams -- Marseille, Dortmund, Napoli and us -- they all play at the top of their league and in big football countries. You know the home games will be decisive in a group of that quality.
"Our home games are important. Having won away, if we now win our home games, we will be there. So let's start tomorrow -- it is step by step. Don’t talk too much, just win the next one."
Wenger has a full squad from which to choose, with Tomas Rosicky returning from injury. "From Saturday's squad, everybody is available," he explained.
"Rosicky is back into the squad for tomorrow and is available again. He has recovered from his hamstring injury. I'm very happy that's he's back, because he is very influential in our game. I haven't decided who will start and who will not start, but I'm very happy that he's back in the squad.”