During the first half between Arsenal and the Tyneside club, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shot hit Jamaal Lascelles' hand, but no penalty was awarded. Arsenal have become something of a hit and miss team due to their inconsistent displays on the pitch.
'They need someone with longevity - someone who will get a four or five year contract and stay there - because you don't want a Manchester United situation, where they change the manager many times quickly after Sir Alex Ferguson'.
Kenedy, who had struggled to get himself into the game before the break, belatedly started to make an impression and Benitez sent on loan signing Islam Slimani in place of Gayle as he looked for a victor.More news: Commonwealth Games: England stun Australia to take last-gasp netball gold
Arsenal has now lost all five of its opening away league matches in a calendar year for the first time since 1925 - a damning 93-year low that underlines its problems this season. Arsenal's vintage disintegration was on full display in the following 75 minutes of the game as they were first pegged back to a goal each before being finished off by the home side in the 68th minute. The puzzling thing was their absence for the crunch UEFA Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow last week, and it happened against Arsene Wenger's predictions that they will eventually turn up, which they did not. The Gunners won by four or five and played some incredible football.
'People were saying with 35 we would be safe or with 38 we would be safe I kept saying 40, 41 points is virtual safety.
"It's a good opportunity for him and a good chance for me to see whether he's ready to play regularly at this level".More news: Allegiant Air under fire following '60 Minutes' safety report
If he is simply paying lip service to the issues or allows the cracks to be papered over should Arsenal enjoy a strong end to the season, the Gunners will continue to be a stagnant force in the Premier League.
'I guess that means the top-six. They got themselves in front, City struggled to react and then once they were in front with the speed they have.More news: West Brom 'pulling in same direction' for Darren Moore - James McClean