Arsene Wenger believes Rafael Benitez was subject to some unfair treatment at Chelsea, but feels people will come to see he did them good.
The Arsenal manager will come face to face with the Spaniard again this week as his Napoli side travel to Emirates Stadium for a Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.
The winners of this match will take control of the Group F as both won their opening matches - Arsenal got a good 2-1 win away from home against Marseille, while Napoli were victorious over Borussia Dortmund by the same scoreline at the Stadio San Paolo.
Benitez has had in impressive start to his time in Naples, only a surprise draw against Serie A's bottom side Sassuolo has stopped them from winning every competitive fixture so far this season.
The welcome by Napoli fans has been in stark contrast to what he received when being appointed as interim manager at Chelsea following the sacking of Roberto di Matteo.
There was open dissent from crowds at Stamford Bridge when Benitez was given the job, which was animosity residual from his fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho while manager at Liverpool.
Wenger feels his counterpart was given a rough ride at Chelsea and feels, despite the animosity towards him, supporters of the London club will adjust their views.
"People were tough with him because they didn't expect him to go to Chelsea but he did very well. He dealt well with it," Wenger told reporters ahead of Tuesday's match.
"In the end, with time going on people will realise that he did well."
Benitez led Chelsea to third place in the Premier League last season, as well as triumphing in the Europa League final against Benfica.
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