Liverpool legend, Mark Lawrenson, has predicted that Newcastle United will defeat Arsenal by 2 goals to 1 when both teams clash in Saturday's Premier League fixture at the St. James' Park Stadium.
And the Uruguay global looked to be in high spirits as he trained alongside Mkhitaryan at London Colney this week.
Emery made five new signings during the summer and has attempted to overhaul Arsenal's playing style and Benitez believes the new-look Gunners side bears the hallmarks of the successful Valencia and Liverpool teams he won silverware with earlier in his career.
After two weeks, after two months and now, I can say that I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.
"I want to find with him the possibility to do the best, to make decisive passes, to do more near and in the box to score", he told reporters.
'I have known him (Emery) for a long, long time.
The way Arsenal play is very similar to when I was at Valencia and Liverpool - organised, pressing, passing the ball, ' said Benitez.
"Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively, and it is clear this process is one process".
"Saturday is another step, it will be hard but I want to continue [to show] our personality and impose this on the opposition".